Over 10,000 outages reported across the state as heavy rain, wind gusts hit CT
(WFSB) – Thousands of power outages are reported across the state Wednesday evening as heavy rain and wind gusts pass through Connecticut.
As of 11:00 p.m., Eversource is reporting 7,372 outages.
United Illuminating is reporting 243 outages.
The strong wind and the rain brought down multiple trees across New Britain. On Lawlor Street, a giant one crushed Jeremiah’s car.
“From looking at the car it looks like a total loss. We got windshield damage. We got body frame damage. It’s just totaled,” Jeremiah said.
Jerimiah is heartbroken for his loss but feels lucky he wasn’t inside.
“I am happy nobody’s in the hospital. I am happy no ones in the cemetery. A car can be replaced. I can only be thankful and only just say it happens,” said Jeremiah.
Across town on Adams Street, a tree was uprooted and landed in an abandoned house.
The effect was felt throughout the neighborhood since the power lines were pulled down and hundreds lost power.
“I was sitting in the living room and I was working on a jigsaw puzzle and all of the sudden I heard this huge crash and a flash of light and everything went dark,” said Mary Ann Salerni.
Some kick started their generator while others pulled out their flashlights.
“I heard a big bang. Naturally had me concerned. I went outside to look, I didn’t see anything obvious in my area. Lights flickered in my house. Came on for a second and then went off again,” said Chris Macri.
Some residents heard the sound of explosions but Eversource says that was probably the transformers automatically shutting down when the tree limbs hit the power lines.
Eversource says they are working across the state tonight to get the power back on.
Downed trees are reported in several communities.
Guilford police warned of road closures in town:
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