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Hermine's gusty winds cause damage in eastern part of CT

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Gusty winds brought down this tree onto a truck in New London (WFSB) Gusty winds brought down this tree onto a truck in New London (WFSB)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

As the Labor Day weekend comes to a close, the effects of Hermine are finally being felt.

Winds picked up along the shoreline on Monday evening, bringing down branches and trees in some neighborhoods.

On Montauk Avenue in New London, a tree came down and it also snapped a pole...and that wasn't the only action going on in the city.

“It was just a crackling sound. I was sitting at the kitchen table and the next thing you know, I saw the tree go down in slow motion,” Michelle Monroe said.

She could only watch from inside her home as a tree toppled onto her husband's truck on Reyburn Street.

“It’s split in the middle, the tree is, so the one that's to the left, attached to it, is cracked, so we'll need to have that one taken down,” Monroe said.

Even though Hermine veered away from the northeast, sparing Connecticut from a direct hit, it goes to show even her remnants can pack a punch.

In New London, Ocean Beach was closed, so visitors watched the choppy seas from the beaches on Pequot Avenue.

“At home, windows rattled and stuff, not much more than that,” said Julie Bartley, of New London.

“You’re always afraid that the tree in your yard will fall on someone's house or your house. You’re always afraid, no matter what the winds are,” said Mike McLaughlin, of New London.

Those winds brought down branches on Hillside and even caused the lights to flicker momentarily on Ocean Avenue.

Even with some trees down, longtime locals know they dodged a bullet.

“There's no rain, its beautiful weather. The breeze is actually refreshing,” McLaughlin said.

On Monday evening, peak gusts reached the 50s in some parts of the city.

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