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Storms knock down power lines, trees causing road closures

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As storms moved through the state on Thursday morning, there were reports of power lines and trees down in some towns, causing road closures.

A section of a road in Haddam was closed on Thursday due to a downed power line and a fire.

The Haddam Fire Department said the closure impacted a section of Saybrook Road, also known as Route 154, near Plains Road.

One lane has since reopened as the line has been de-energized.

The Eversource power company was on the scene to shut the power down and make repairs.

Eversource reported about 281 customers out of power in the town.

There's no word on injuries.

People who live in the area described what they heard on Thursday morning.

"Huge explosion ... Sound asleep ... Dogs came flying in. My nephew was calling to make sure I was okay. Fire department was here. Went out to ask if they need anything," said Carol Spencer-Peloquin, of Haddam.

The Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler detected 103 lightning strikes in southeast Connecticut on Thursday.

More storms moved through the northern part of the state on Thursday afternoon.

You can track storms here.

Route 161, also known as Chesterfield Road, in East Lyme was also closed on Thursday at Drabik Road, after trees and wires were down.

It is unclear how long the road will be closed.

Also in East Lyme, Pam Nowak didn't realize at first that a large white oak tree fell in her backyard, which was a tree her family has loved and cherished.

"I just went into the house and it was my mom who was looking out the window and she said, 'Pam, You lost your big tree' And I just ran out," Nowak said.

Just one street over, a large branch landed on someone's truck, narrowly missing their home.

See storm damage photos here.

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