Update: Power Issue Resolved

Nearly 1,000 customers lost electricity earlier today

An electricity outage in New London has been resolved, with Connecticut Light and Power reporting no customers without power.

The company said 955 customers were without power at about 12:15 p.m. The number represents about seven percent of the 13,632 customers in the city. It also represented most of the outages in the state as tallied by the company, which says there are 1,247 customers without power statewide. As of 2:40 p.m., statewide outages were down to 190.

Connecticut Light and Power spokesman Mitch Gross said the outages were related to an issue in the Montauk Avenue area. He said crews are on the scene working to restore power.

Amtrak crews are working to free a railroad carriage that derailed early this morning. The derailment, which occurred at 5:18 a.m. this morning, is not causing any delays to other Amtrak service.

Cliff Cole, a spokesman for Amtrak, said the train was being moved between stations when the car jumped the tracks near the platform at . No passengers were no board and there were no injuries. The car remained off the track, disconnected from the remaining three cars and engine, while crews worked to clear the track.

Officials at the scene, who could not give their names in connection with the incident, said the cause appears to be ice buildup on the flange of the railroad. The derailed carriage is a control car, which is able to operate the train from the side opposite the engine. The derailment cancelled an early morning departure of the Shore Line East train, but since it is away from the two main rail lines it has not led to any additional delays or cancellations.

Mayor Martin Olsen said the meeting scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in City Hall should proceed as planned. The is maintaining its regular hours.

are open and running a regular schedule, following two snow days and a federal holiday in the last four weekdays. The middle school is also open, as well as . Both schools operate based on the public school calendar. However, the decided to close its doors today, along with and Williams School. The remained open, had a two-hour delay, and is closed.

The New London Judicial District had a two-hour delay in proceedings.

A dispatcher said there have been no reports of any accidents in New London as of Tuesday morning. Lt. Paul Vance, spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, said the icy precipitation and timing of the storm made for hazardous travel on I-95 as well as secondary roads.

"No matter what the DOT does, or the local crews, it's going to be very tough traveling," Vance said. "Cars will be losing control no matter how slow they go."

He urged parents with kids staying home to keep them away from roadways and sidewalks, and recommended to anyone driving that they take a blanket and a fully charged cell phone with them.

The National Weather Service's winter weather advisory, warning of slippery conditions from a thin coating of ice on top of early morning snow and sleet, has been lifted. However, the service has now posted a flood advisory until 3:45 p.m., warning that flooding may occur since drains are blocked by snowpacks. Drivers are advised against attempts to traverse flooded areas.

The service predicts that periods of rain will continue before midnight.


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