Connecticut: State of Emergeny Declared by Governor Dannel Malloy; Says 100K Could Lose Power Tonight

January 26, 2015 Updated: January 26, 2015

As many as 100,000 Connecticut residents could lose power on Monday night, the state’s governor said. A state of emergency was declared on Monday morning.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opened the state’s Emergency Operations Center on Monday.

Connecticut Light & Power has said it’s prepared for the blizzard that will hit the northeastern United States.

The utility said it began calling customers on Sunday night, according to the New Haven Register.

Between 20 to 30 inches of snow and 35 mph to 45 mph winds are expected across Connecticut.

“It’s part of our proactive outreach to customers,” Tricia Taskey Modifica, a spokeswoman for CL&P and Yankee Gas, was quoted as saying. “We always want to give customers as much notice as possible about impending weather and let them know what we are doing to prepare for power outages so they can prepare as well.”

She added: “We’re prepared to respond quickly and we want to make sure you are as well. If you rely on electricity for life-support devices, well-water, or refrigeration for medication please make preparations now to switch to a back-up source or move to an alternate location.”

Malloy ordered the center to be activated at 4 p.m. Monday. The governor also has scheduled a news briefing at the William A. O’Neill State Armory at 10 a.m. Monday to provide an update on what state preparations.

The Emergency Operations Center will remain open throughout the storm.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.