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Malloy Meets With Utilities On Storm Prep

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Aerials from Governor Malloy's tour of damage from Hurricane Sandy (Courtesy Connecticut National Guard)

Aerials from Governor Malloy’s tour of damage from Hurricane Sandy (Courtesy Connecticut National Guard)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State officials and representatives of utility companies across Connecticut met Tuesday to discuss steps they are taking to prepare for the hurricane season, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned may be busier than usual.

The governor met privately with representatives from Connecticut Light & Power, United Illuminating, AT&T, Dominion Resources, Sprint, Verizon, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast and Cox Communications to discuss preparedness efforts and readiness in advance of the local peak season, which runs from mid-August to mid-October.

“We take this stuff very, very seriously,” Malloy said. “We are going to be as well-prepared as any state can be.”

Malloy also announced that a two-day emergency preparedness drill is planned for June 20 and 22. It will simulate an ice storm in western Connecticut, but will involve all of the state. Previous drills have involved simulated hurricanes. Malloy said this latest exercise will provide an opportunity to improve communications for road-clearing and restoration of utilities, as well as test state and local emergency command centers and mutual aid systems.

Connecticut has been hit hard by storms in recent years. Since Malloy first took office in 2010, the state has received five federal disaster declarations. Those storms, which often left thousands without electricity for days, led to numerous reforms affecting how the state and local governments and the utilities prepare and respond to major natural disasters.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted 13 to 20 named storms for this year’s hurricane season June through November. Around seven to 11 could become hurricanes, with three to six possibly becoming major hurricanes. On average, there are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

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