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More than 180,000 customers without power in CT

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The storm led to flooding at the Meriden Humane Society. (WFSB) The storm led to flooding at the Meriden Humane Society. (WFSB)
Eversource map showing outages as of 2:45 a.m. (Eversource website) Eversource map showing outages as of 2:45 a.m. (Eversource website)
Flash Flood watch remains in effect until 6 a.m..  (WFSB) Flash Flood watch remains in effect until 6 a.m.. (WFSB)
A tree was down in West Haven, likely due to weather conditions. A tree was down in West Haven, likely due to weather conditions.
People can track the storm and stay up-to-date with the Channel 3 app. (WFSB) People can track the storm and stay up-to-date with the Channel 3 app. (WFSB)

Heavy rain and strong winds caused storm damage, flooding and power outages throughout Connecticut on Sunday evening and into Monday morning.

Bethel has already picked up more than 5 inches of rain and two inches fell in Bristol. Just before 9 p.m., much of the state experienced 1/2 inches to 1 inches per hour rain.

The worst of the storm has now passed our state, meteorologist Mark Dixon said.  However, we will still see winds throughout our Monday gusting to 30-40 mph which could bring down more trees and power lines.

Most of the state saw 1-3 inches of rain in Connecticut. However, there have been reports in western Connecticut of towns receiving over 5 inches of rainfall. 

A Flash Flood watch does remain in effect for the entire state until 6 a.m. Monday.

"In fact, versus the last storm, it is more of a concern, due to the water left from the last storm. Rivers and brooks may overflow," Cameron said. "If you enjoy a location close to a brook or stream you should be prepared for the possibility that it may breach its banks later tomorrow or tomorrow night."

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Much more rain was on the way and a bigger concern for Connecticut residents was the strong winds on Sunday night. 

Dixon said shoreline towns saw gusts as high as 66mph well they were a little bit more tame inland, many still saw wind gust of 40-50 mph.  Trees and power lines are down across the state leaving roads blocked and thousands in the dark.

Winds have begun to scale back in strength, but not before the damage was done.  Eversource is reporting over 170,00 customers are without power right now. To see outages in your area, click here.  Meanwhile, United Illuminating is dealing with over 10,000 outages.  To see which UI customers are affected, click here.

The storm caused flooding at the Meriden Humane Society. The organization asked for help "shoveling a trench to redirect the water away from the building." 

"Our outside back dog kennels are flooding which in turn is flooding the inside dog room," the Meriden Humane Society posted on its Facebook page. 

A tree fell on a house and wires were down on Bradley Avenue in Meriden. In West Haven, a soggy tree fell over Shingle Hill Road between Marks Drive and Marydale Road. Chesterfield Road in East Lyme was closed in the area of Aces High RV Park because of a tree with wires down. 

"Branches and weaker trees may succumb to the wind. Power outages are possible, as is some property damage. Areas most prone to damage are locations along the shoreline and on high hilltops inland. The saturated ground also may help to provide loosened root structures; it is conceivable that the wind may uproot a few trees," Cameron said.

However, there was an "is an electrical issue in the Hazelnut Hill area" in Groton. Groton Utilities crews were working on the issue caused by "heavy rain." Route One near Brill Avenue and Route 85 at 395 and Spithead/Fog Plain/to Willets Avenue in Waterford were without power, but police had some helpful hints for residents. 

Travel has been already been affected by the storm. Drivers are being warned to take their time on the roads and stay home if possible because the weather is affecting travel conditions. To stay ahead of any delays, click here

The flights have been delayed at Bradley International Airport: 

  • Southwest Airlines 4070 BALTIMORE 3:00 PM Delayed (Arriving and Departing)
  • American Airlines 4918PHILADELPHIA 3:25 PM Delayed (Arriving and Departing)
  • United Airlines 4939 NEWARK 5:45 PM Delayed (Arriving and Departing)

Airport officials said most flights are still running on time, but travelers are advised to check with their airline before heading to Bradley.  

"Folks, that's up to hurricane force. Though these very high winds will be short-lived, they will likely do some damage in terms of trees coming down, and power knocked out. It's a good idea to make sure you have some flashlights ready before you head to bed tonight," Cameron said.  

Showers may linger into Monday.

"Over the next few hours, the intensity of the wind will increase everywhere and rain in eastern Connecticut will pick up," Cameron said. "Strong wind will last past midnight until the pre-dawn hours Monday; rain will be steady just past midnight but become showery during the wee hours." 

Most of Monday should feature some partial clearing.

"Wind will be gusty Monday, but not at the level of tonight. Gusts could go as high as 40 MPH Monday," Cameron said. "Showers in the morning will give way to partial clearing by mid-afternoon."

Highs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will only be in the 50s.

Fear not, Halloween still looks good.

"The weather is looking stellar with a partly to mostly sunny sky. By trick-or-treat time (sunset is at 5:45pm), temperatures will be dropping from the 50s into the 40s, so the weather will turn out cool and dry for trick or treating," Cameron said.

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