This November has been very kind to Connecticut residents. However, on this date in 2002 a nasty ice storm in the Northwest Hills left 130,000 customers in the dark. I remember that night very well.
The Greater Hartford Area had just plain rain and there were no problems with ice to the south and east of the capitol city.
All of the problems occurred in the hills to the north and west of Hartford. The higher up, the more ice accumulated on trees and power lines.
The worst ice storm that I ever experienced was in December 1973. I was living in Windsor, CT at the time. I was a junior in high school.
Now, I am really dating myself! Anyway, we lost power for days and it got very, very cold. We huddled around the fireplace to keep warm. That was our only source of heat.
Days later, when the power came back on and the fireplace was no longer needed, we discovered something very interesting.
When we cleared away the ashes, we found the fireplace grate was sagging toward the brick floor below.
The fire got so hot, it actually melted the grate! That was one of the worst storms I ever experienced, but it sure was beautiful with the world outside looking like it was coated with glass!
It sounded like glass too when a tree limb fell to the ground, and there were many!
If you lived through that storm, I would like to hear what you experienced!
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