Turbulent winds and pelting rain brought on power outages, felled trees and dragged down power lines Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Connecticut.
“There are trees down everywhere,” Connecticut Light and Power (CLP) spokesman Mitch Gross told the Hartford Courant. “We live in the woods here in Connecticut. There are trees down all over the place,” he said.
Over 43,000 CLP customers lost power, officials told WFSB. A transformer on Route 81 blew out after catching fire, leaving half the residents of Killingworth in the dark.
The violent storm brought down trees and power lines across roads, challenging police and firefighters through the region. United Illuminating said they were dealing with 5,174 incidents of lost power, most of those in the New Haven area.
On the roads:
- Route 2 West is now cleared
- The morning commute backed up 95 South in Fairfield, Norwalk, New Haven, Greenwich, Hartford and Waterbury and delayed the Metro-North line in New Haven
- Luckily, nobody was injured when cables that were not active tumbled onto a school bus taking children to school in East Hartford, police said
Schools that closed Thursday include Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School, the Annie Fisher Montessori School in Hartford, Breakthrough II Magnet School, the Upper M.D. Fox School in Hartford, Weaver High School’s Culinary Arts Academy, schools in Tolland, West Hartford’s Hall High School and Duffy Elementary School.
Heavy rain and winds peaked at between 64 and 78 miles an hour and began to diminish Thursday.
Temperatures in the evening will be in the thirties, according to Fox CT Meteorologist Joe Furey. Predictions for Friday and Saturday include cold air, sunshine, building high pressure and temperatures from the upper twenties and the low thirties. Light snow and snow showers with a dusting of a couple of inches of powder are expected by Sunday.
Harsh storms can result in damage to property such as homes, businesses, vehicles and more. They can also result in injuries to persons and families. So far, luckily there have been no reports of injuries.
If you or your family suffer property damage or personal injuries due to the harsh weather in Connecticut, you may consider talking to an attorney before filing an insurance claim to make sure you are dealt with properly and that you get the appropriate amount of compensation.
For more information contact Connecticut personal injury law firm Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today.