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Wind causes trees, power lines to come down

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A tree came down onto a Hartford home on Tuesday afternoon (WFSB) A tree came down onto a Hartford home on Tuesday afternoon (WFSB)
Power lines were damaged in Bolton thanks to the wind. (WFSB) Power lines were damaged in Bolton thanks to the wind. (WFSB)
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Tuesday's storm brought gusty winds that started causing some damage during the morning hours.

That wind is only expected to get worse toward the evening hours, according to Channel 3's meteorologists.

On Tuesday afternoon, a tree came down onto a vacant home on Kenyon Street. The home is currently for sale.

A tree and wires also came down on Route 69 in Wolcott, closing part of the road.

Earlier in the day, West Hartford police reported that Rumford Street was closed after the wind brought a tree down onto wires and a pole.

No injuries were reported.

In Bolton, where nearly 800 Eversource customers were without power at one point, crews had to make repairs. That number has since been reduced to zero.

Damage was reported at the intersection of Routes 384, 44 and 6.

Eversource was on the scene.

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In East Lyme, Chris Prevost of A-1 Seamless Gutters and his crew were busy cleaning leaves from clogged gutters. 

If your gutters are clogged a heavy rain could overflow them and back-up, forcing damaging water to get inside your house. If left clogged through the winter, the ice will build up causing even bigger headaches.

“It varies house to house. We say a minimum two times a year. Usually a couple of times in the spring is good because it’s a much longer season,” Prevost said.

Having a professional clean your gutters will cost on average about $200 dollars per cleaning, and free you from climbing the ladder and potentially getting hurt.

Pickers were also busy harvesting apples this afternoon at Holmberg orchards before the high winds knock the fruit off the trees. 

Owner Richard Holmberg says he's always watching the forecast especially if high winds and heavy rains are predicted.

"We want to know when the rain's coming when the wind's coming and when the sun's coming,” Holmberg said. "They're talking anywhere from 40-60 mph wind gusts so anything we can get off today is less that can possibly fall on the ground tomorrow."

He said wind damage is now minimized because new orchards are planted with a series of heavy guide wires, giving the fruit trees more support from bottom to the top. It’s what they call a "fruiting wall.”

"You want the fruit to grow from top to bottom. These trees have actually been in the ground three years. They are very quickly maxing very high production numbers,” he said.

The danger he said is that with strong winds, mature fruit trees could be uprooted.

A wind advisory remains in place for the state through Tuesday.

Gusts could top 45 mph. If accompanied by a thunderstorm, they could top 60 mph.

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