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Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for parts of CT; Damage reported in Tolland County

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Tolland Fire Department is sending another fire apparatus to Shenipsit Lake Road after tree hit home. (Tolland Alert) Tolland Fire Department is sending another fire apparatus to Shenipsit Lake Road after tree hit home. (Tolland Alert)
Lighting was spotted throughout Connecticut including in Canterbury. (Sam Thompson) Lighting was spotted throughout Connecticut including in Canterbury. (Sam Thompson)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Friday was declared the hottest day of the year, but there is still potential for severe weather later on.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Middlesex, New London and Hartford counties until 10:45 p.m. and Windham and Tolland counties until 11:15 p.m. A strong storm moved east-southeast toward Coventry and Storrs.

"A few spots could see a strong to severe storms," DePrest said. "Most of us will not." 

A tree fell into a home on Shenipsit Lake Road in Tolland on Friday night. There were no reports of injuries, but the building official was at the home. 

Tolland firefighters sent additional fire apparatus to Shenipsit Lake Road to assist with damage assessment.

E. Gehring Road in Tolland is closed between Old Kent Rd South and New Road. There are reports of several trees and wires down, according to authorities. 

Route 189 in Granby closed at Day Street because of a tree down in wires in the street, according to the Department of Transportation. The area is expected to be closed for about four hours, while DOT crews work to remove debris.   

Route 97 in Hampton is shutdown at the Hampton/Scotland town line because of a tree in the road. Route 97 could be closed for 12 hours while crews work to remove debris.    

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There are more than 3,300 Eversource customers without power. Most of the outages were in the Hartford, New Britain, Wethersfield and Newington. To check outages in your area, click here

The main threats of the storm were damaging winds, heavy rains and frequent lightning, DePrest said. The winds could have reached in excess of 40 mph. There were some reports of minor damage in Stafford. 

"It's going to be isolated, instead of wide-spread," DePrest said. 

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At 3 p.m., Bradley International Airport at Windsor Locks reached 98 degrees, which surpasses the previous hottest of 96 degrees on July 6. The July 22nd record is 103 degrees at Bradley International Airport and Bridgeport set in 2011. 

"This is dangerous heat out there," WFSB meteorologist Bruce DePrest said. 

Friday marked day two of what's expected to be a lengthy six-day heat wave. On Thursday, Bradley International Airport at Windsor Locks reached 93 degrees. There must be three consecutive days of 90 degree temps to constitute a heat wave.

"It may seem hard to believe, but no records were challenged today," DePrest said.

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Dew point temperatures were in the 60s to near 70 degrees. The combination of heat and humidity pushed the heat index to over 100 degrees in a number of locations. An air quality alert is in effect for most of the state with the exception of Litchfield County until 11 p.m. 

"This is very high heat," DePrest said.

DePrest advised people to stay inside along with pets and to check on the elderly. 

As of 5 p.m., most of the state was dry. 

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK put all off Connecticut in a "marginal risk" for severe storms category on Friday night after the state was in the "slight" risk for wicked weather earlier in the day. 

Haney said not every town will see activity.

"The towns that do see this activity will see strong cloud-to-ground lightning, the possibility for hail and very strong gusty winds which could do a little damage," WFSB meteorologist Scot Haney said. "That's why it's an Early Warning Weather Day."

Haney also said there are many factors that are both for and against the threat for severe weather.

"If there are too many clouds around later [Friday] morning from a weakening batch of showers and thunderstorms to our northwest, sunshine and instability could be reduced for at least part of the day," he said. "Also, the more favorable dynamics for severe weather could hold off until this evening or nighttime hours." 

"The rest of the weekend will be dry and hot," Haney said. "But, the humidity levels will be lower, so that's something to look forward to."

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health wants residents to be cautious and take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. 

DPH advised the following items to stay cool: 

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you must work outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to the mornings and evenings.
  • Avoid working in direct sunlight and wear lightweight light-colored clothing.
  • Check on all workers often, especially those workers most at risk.

DPH officials said people should use the following tips to stay hydrated: 

Drink more water than usual; do not wait until you are thirsty to drink more liquids.

  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Drink about four cups of water every hour while working outside.
  • Remind other workers to drink enough water.

If someone experiences heat stress, residents are advised to call 911. 

"Although anyone can be affected from heat-stress, some workers are at a particularly higher risk than other workers such as older workers, overweight worker, and workers who are overexerting themselves and workers who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications that put them at risk," DPH said in a statement on Friday. 

For information on Heat Stress and Heat Related Illnesses, click here

To prevent or prepare for extreme heat, click here. 

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