An estimated 30,000 people are without power in Connecticut on Monday as heavy rain and gusty winds moved across the state.

A wind advisory was issued Monday for Windham, Hartford, and Tolland counties after forecasts of winds between 50 to 60 mph.

Prior to the storm, Eversource shared a tweet assuring customers that they had extra employees on hand who would respond to reported outages.

“Thunderstorms and wind gusts of 50+ mph are headed our way tomorrow. These strong bursts of wind could bring down trees & damage the system. We have extra crews & support staff ready,” the tweet read.

The Eversource website details the lengthy process workers must go through to restore power for residents.

“In order to restore power to your home or business, we must first repair any damage to our substations,” the site states.

“The wires that feed electricity to your home or business are connected to main electric lines, which originate at a substation, so repairing them first is critical to power restoration.”

The energy company said Monday that hundreds of crew members had been dispatched to address the outages.

“Winds are picking up and will continue through midnight. 100s of crews are responding to outages—as long as it’s safe to do so with these strong gusts. Stay clear of downed lines, don’t drive over them, and call 9-1-1,” the tweet read.

The latest National Weather Service Advisory states that gusty winds could result in fallen trees, unsecured items being blown, and power outages. Winds are expected to weaken in the evening.

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A repair crew member clears ice and snow covered power lines in Massachusetts. REUTERS/Jim Bourg