Meg Keough and her daughter, Mirielle Keough Crane, 4, were among those who went to the bookstore Monday. “Our house was 50 degrees when we left it,” Keough said.
Keough said they couldn’t stay at home because of the temperature and because her husband, who works for Northeast Utilities, was sleeping. He was up all night and has to return to work Monday afternoon, she said.
Keough has a gas stove and can still cook while her electricity is out. She said she was using bags of snow to keep food in her refrigerator and freezer cold.
Courant staff writers Daniela Altimari, Dave Altimari, Ken Byron, Kenneth R. Gosselin, Dan Haar, Melissa Traynor, Jesse Leavenworth and Bill Leukhardt contributed to this story.
LONG ROAD BACK TO NORMAL
Freak Storm Continues To Haunt; Power Out For Nearly 800,000
By KIM VELSEY, DAVID OWENS and EDMUND H. MAHONY firstname.lastname@example.org
The rare October snowstorm that smacked the state this weekend eclipsed Tropical Storm Irene in power outages, leaving as many as 884,000 customers without electricity and resulting in dire estimates that it might take more than a week for many people to have their service restored.
On Sunday, state residents hunted for open grocery stores, coffee shops and gas stations — and hotels with vacancies. The wait was about 30 minutes at one Shell station near the state Capitol. Rooms were so scarce that some hotels helped people find lodging in Rhode Island.