Coventry, CT residents deal with aftermath of Tuesday's Storm
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Crews from Connecticut Light & Power are continuing to restore electricity to thousands of residents after strong winds and severe thunderstorms swept through the state on Tuesday.
Winds gusting higher than 50 mph were reported in many locations across Connecticut in advance of the strong thunderstorms. Those winds brought down trees, which in turn brought down utility lines causing the outages.
At the peak of the severe weather, more than 40,000 utility customers were reported to be without power, but as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, that number dropped dramatically.
"We'll continue to work hard until we get every one of our customers back up and running," said Frank Piroit, of CL&P.
As of 9:30 p.m., 2,998 Connecticut Light & Power customers were without power and United Illuminating, which serves communities along the shore, reported 42 outages.
In Coventry, 400 customers are without power, which is the most in the state. However, there is no visible damage throughout the town and power is not expected to returned to some residents until 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
CL&P said the lingering storms prevented crews from getting out to some streets in Coventry until 3 a.m.
For many Connecticut residents, Tuesday's storm brought back memories of Tropical Storm Irene
"I'm scared to see what will happen when a blizzard comes," said Brian Dutton of Coventry, who lost his power.
Many Coventry residents said they were caught off guard by Tuesday's thunderstorms. Residents north of Route 31 experienced devastation while on the south side, it was relatively calm.
"It's unbelievable," said Jeffrey Parker. "The wind blows for a couple hours and you get all this damage."
Residents are flocking to the police station for essentials such as water.
"I find it surprising," Parker said. "I would think by now, they'd have someone out here to survey the damage and find out what they need to do to fix it."
Residents said the lack of power makes them a little uneasy.
"It's a little nerve-racking, staying here during the night," Parker said. "I think next time, we'll stay at a hotel for the night."
Lebanon resident Scott Cady said it's important to be prepared. He lost power during the storms and said he needed to fire up his generator to make it through the morning.
"It's well worth having it," he said. "When you have to get up and go to work and do everyday activities, it really helps out."
Dale Garvey returned to his Lebanon home from Albany, NY, to find a tree branch in his front yard.
"My wife told me last night, she heard it come down," he said. "She came and got me. And I was like 'oh great there goes another tree, more cleanup.'"
No serious injuries were reported as a result of the storms, but police in West Haven said they had to rescue two people from a vehicle when high winds knocked a tree onto it.
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