Christmas storm brings thousands of power cuts

Some 36,000 Connecticut residents are waking up on Christmas morning without power, according to Eversource CT.

In addition, 400 UI clients are without power.

Fairfield County appears to be the hardest hit, with more than 1,550 customers in Ridgefield, 1,348 customers in New Milford and 2,539 in Newtown among those affected as of 7am.

In Greenwich, 313 customers were without power according to Eversource, and in Darien, 90 customers had no energy.

Darien police also reported the closure of streets due to trees on the wires. Stoneybrook Road and the east lane of Tokeneke Road have been closed.

Frank Poirot, an Eversource spokesman, said there were also significant disruptions and damage in the southeastern corner of the state.

It is unclear when all power will be restored.

“We are still assessing the damage,” said Poirot. “Before we get a good amount of time to restore, we need to know exactly what we’re dealing with … it can take hours, it can take several days.”

In some cases, the wires become entangled with fallen trees and posts.

Constant rain and wind are expected until 9am this morning. Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected. Temperatures are mild, in the 50s and 60s.