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Power Outages Could Last "A Week Or More"

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Connecticut Light & Power is telling its customers to prepare for extended power outages if Hurricane Irene hits Fairfield County this Sunday.

If current projections hold true, our state will be impacted by the storm this weekend and CL&P customers should prepare for potential power outages that could last a week or more in some areas," the utility says on its website .

The utility is cancelling vacations for its employees, who will all be on stand-by over the weekend. Extra repair also are being brought in. You can check power outage on this website . You can report a power outage by calling CL&P at 800-286-2000 or 860-947-2000 in the Hartford/Meriden area. The utility says its system will provide any available information on when power will be restored.

The utility also offered some tips to prepare for the storm.

Prepare a "storm kit" and keep it handy. It should include :

Flashlights with spare batteries

A battery-operated radio or TV

First-aid kit and medications

Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods

A manual can opener

Bottled water

Baby or pet supplies (if needed)

Important phone numbers

Have a backup plan for life support equipment.

If you have life support equipment, you need a backup plan to cope with storm-related outages. That plan should include:

An alternate source of electric power such as a battery backup system, an uninterruptible power supply or a properly installed generator for the life support equipment

Emergency telephone numbers (doctor, fire, police and ambulance)

A procedure to vacate your home during a prolonged outage

What are you doing to prepare for lengthy power outages?

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