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Thousands without power after storm hits parts of CT

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A lightning strike spotted in Glastonbury. (WFSB) A lightning strike spotted in Glastonbury. (WFSB)
Dark clouds in Suffield (Christian Alicea) Dark clouds in Suffield (Christian Alicea)
More than 103 lightning strikes were reported during the storm, including this one in Montville. (William O'Connell/iWitness photo) More than 103 lightning strikes were reported during the storm, including this one in Montville. (William O'Connell/iWitness photo)

Thousands of Eversource customers are without power and there are reports of flooding on Thursday night after a storm hits parts of Connecticut.

Even though flash flood warning issued for parts of Connecticut, there are still chances for flooding throughout the state. Residents were told to avoid flood area, according to the National Weather Service. NWS said "excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small  creeks and streams." 

Eversource reported more than 3,300 customers without power around 10:20 a.m., many of them were in East Lyme, Montville and Salem. That number was increased to more than 12,400 just before 9:45 p.m. Keep track of the outages here.

There were 17 delayed departure and two canceled departures reported at Bradley International Airport around 5 p.m. As of 10 p.m., there were five flights departing delayed and three canceled while 11 flights arriving were delayed. Officials at Bradley said the delays were weather-related, due to thunderstorms in the area.

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Severe thunderstorm warnings expired on Thursday night, however the storm left damage throughout the state including along the shoreline and in Glastonbury. An unrelenting barrage of lightening bolts cut through the clouds in Glastonbury.  

"It was horrific I've been through a lot of thunderstorms, hurricanes down in Texas this was bad," Robert Fritz, of Glastonbury, said. 

The lightening brightened the skies, but darkened some homes. A bolt knocked out power along Glazier Drive. 

"It struck close enough to the house that it lit up the backyard," Fritz said. 

Glastonbury firefighters said they were very busy on Thursday night, but they told Eyewitness News there are no major issues right now and nobody got hurt.

WFSB meteorologist Melissa Cole said radar showed hundreds of lightning strikes across southeastern Connecticut on Thursday afternoon. 

"We have had some much lightning today," Cole said. 

The lightning took bark off trees and caused fires in Bolton and Coventry.

"Everything happened so fast lightning strikes and you don't know it until it's too late," said Leonard Giglio, who is the owner of the farm in Bolton. 

A person was also struck on a golf course in Coventry

"It is nothing that you want to mess around with," Cole said. 

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Earlier storms moved through New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties, bringing downpours, lightning and thunder.

At about 1:30 p.m., Cole said the heat index in Hartford was reading 103.

The rise in temperature had prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties starting at noon. The advisory will last until 7 p.m.

As a result, Thursday has been declared an Early Warning Weather Day.

"Temperatures will soar into the 90s [Thursday] afternoon, but the heat index will reach 100-105 degrees due to the high humidity," said meteorologist Scot Haney. "This is what it will feel like to you and your pets!"

Scattered storms were expected to develop throughout the afternoon on Thursday, and some could produce torrential downpours and gusty winds.

By Thursday night showers and storms will dissipate, leaving another uncomfortable night with the low temperatures in the 70s. 

The heat will continue through Friday and Saturday. Like Thursday, it'll be dangerously hot.

"Temperatures should reach the middle to perhaps upper 90s and the heat index will reach triple digits," Haney said. "Showers and thunderstorms will threaten will torrential downpours and gusty winds each afternoon and evening."

It'll all come to an end with a cold front that will slide across southern New England on Sunday.

"Still, temperatures could reach the 90s before the front arrives," Haney said. "The humidity will remain high."

The front will trigger another round of showers and storms, some of which could pack a pretty good punch.

Once the front moves away, it should take some of that humidity with it.

However, it'll remain hot on Monday with temperatures in the 90s.

The state has a shot to reach 90 on Tuesday as well.

"The arrival of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday should keep temperatures in the 80s," Haney said.

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