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Storm leaves damage, power outages in its wake

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A tree lies across Ball Hill Road in Mansfield. (Andrew Utterback/iWitness photo) A tree lies across Ball Hill Road in Mansfield. (Andrew Utterback/iWitness photo)
A tree came down in the parking lot of the UConn Health Center in Farmington. (Daniel Camacho/iWitness photo) A tree came down in the parking lot of the UConn Health Center in Farmington. (Daniel Camacho/iWitness photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A strong storm ripped through the state overnight and left tens of thousands of power customers in the dark, dozens of roads closed and damage in its wake.

The strong system tracked through the eastern Great Lakes Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

A flood warning remained in effect for Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties through Friday morning.

High temperatures for the day were achieved early Thursday afternoon.

"And as the wind shifts to the northwest we'll go from the 50s to the 40s by the evening commute," said meteorologist Mark Dixon.

A few showers can also be expected, though they'll be scattered.

"Furthermore, as the chiller air arrives, the wind could gust to over 30 mph, but nowhere near as strong as what we experienced last night," Dixon said.

A severe thunderstorm watch and wind advisory that had been in place overnight expired early Thursday morning.

"Winds gusted to, are you ready for this, 75 mph in Glastonbury!" said meteorologist Scot Haney. "That's wild weather! Most other towns had gusts between 40 and 60 mph."

At the height of the storm, there were more than 93,000 customers without power between the Eversource and United Illuminating companies. As of 1:15 p.m., Eversource reported more than 42,000 outages while UI had fewer than 2,000.

Eversource said it expected to have most of the outages restored by 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

A few organizations posted closures as a result of the outages. For a list of them, click here.

Temperatures climbed into the upper-50s and low-60s Thursday morning.

By Friday, the state will start out in the lower 30s.

"By the afternoon, despite plentiful sunshine, highs will only reach the mid-30s," Dixon said. "But factoring in a wind, it will feel more like the 20s!"

The weekend will also start out fairly cold. Lows for Saturday morning are forecasted to be in the teens.

"That afternoon, we'll get close to 40," Dixon said. "By Sunday afternoon, we're back into the mid-50s. We'll be storm-free both weekend days."

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