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Severe thunderstorms knock out power in CT

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Some severe thunderstorms rolled through Connecticut on Monday evening, knocking down trees and causing power outages.

As of 8:45 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power was reporting more than 2,500 customers without power, and nearly 500 of them were in Waterbury.

A large tree came crashing down in Plank Road Extension, among other places, because of either wind or lightning.

"There was sparks all over the place," said Selim Ergin, who saw the tree fall. "It all happened in a split second."

Police had blocked off a portion of Plank Road for fear that wires may snap.

Waterbury was littered with broken tree branches Monday night.

On Mapleridge Drive, a tree also came crashing down.

"We had our windows open. We didn't expect the storm out of nowhere. The curtains came crashing down in the living room, and there was all this wind outside," said Jerry Fienatta of Waterbury.

Public Works crews in Waterbury said there were about one dozen spots that needed to be tended to immediately.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for southern Litchfield County until 8:15 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were also issued for Fairfield and western New Haven counties until 8:45 p.m.

Meteorologist Melissa Cole said the storms moving through the state could produce heavy rains, damaging winds, lightning and some hail.

Strong thunderstorms were expected to impact eastern New Haven, Middlesex and northwestern New London counties.

Check here to see where the power outages are.

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