I'm in Jersey now working with a storm team out of the Carolinas, hope everyone stays safe but this one looks like it could be a wild ride.
I worked that storm too. What amazed the workers from the south was how poorly the power companies maintained the power line easements both in Connecticut and in Pennsylvania (I was there for Hurricane Irene). It goes back to what Slats said where the property owners exert pressure to keep their trees from being cut. Then when those branches come down in a storm they always land on power lines.
I talked to a few lineman, from ohio or florida maybe, and they said the same thing. people cry bloody murder about the trees and in CT everyone has about 70 on their property
there was a pretty good effort to trim the last 6 months, but this storm will be more entire trees uprooting than branches coming down
I had to work today, just got home. only people on the roads were cable crews, town workers and electricians and propane guys (because of generators)
got a nice tip from 2 people, but the winds started picking up and we called it a day
kudos to any lineman who brave these elements