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Panel: Improve Worst-case Storm Plans

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Halloween decorations in Newington were covered by snow during a storm on October 29.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Halloween decorations in Newington were covered by snow during a storm on October 29. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A review panel created by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling on utilities to improve their worst-case planning and staffing for major storms such as the remnants of Hurricane Irene and last October’s snow storm.

Both storms left hundreds of thousands without power for days in Connecticut.

The panel also says there’s a need to develop performance standards for restoring electricity and other services and increase communication between municipalities and the utilities before a storm hits.

The eight-member group, known as the Two Storm Panel, unanimously approved its report to Malloy on Monday morning. Leaders submitted 82 recommendations they believe will better prepare the state for the next major storm.

Malloy says he’ll announce later this week his administration’s plans to implement the recommendations.

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