Utilities, DOT prepare for massive storm

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Plow trucks and utility companies are bracing for what will likely be an intense few days as Blizzard Charlotte inches closer to Connecticut.

High winds and heavy, wet snow are expected, and as a result, the state's utility companies are preparing for the worst.

Connecticut Department of Transportation trucks spent Thursday pre-treating roads and bridges, and later in the day Friday all of the trucks will be out in full force to clear the state's roads, highways and interstates.

Not only will the conditions on the roads be hazardous; if you're out trying to get somewhere during the height of the storm it could prevent plow trucks from doing their jobs quickly.

The bottom line: Get to where you need to be by noon Friday, and stay put until at least noon Saturday.

Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered all non-essential state employees to stay home Friday and started encouraging cities and towns to cancel school Friday.

The state said, between its crews and the private contractors it uses during major storms, the DOT will have more than 800 plow trucks spread across the state.

The state's two utility companies said they're expecting about 10 percent of their customer base to lose power during the blizzard.

Both Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating have already brought in extra crews from up and down the East Coast.

CL&P officials said, on top of its 400 crews, it called in an additional 550 workers. UI said it has secured 100 additional crews from places as far as Maryland, South Carolina and Florida.

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