While the rain has come and gone, gusty winds remained on Monday afternoon. The brunt of a storm left schools closed, thousands of customers without power, and widespread damage.
Some wind gusts reported in excess of 60 mph. A high wind warning is in effect for Litchfield County until 6 pm. A wind advisory is in effect for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties until 5 pm.
"While the worst of the storm is now behind us, we're still going to be dealing with a few showers for another hour or two, as the area of low pressure that brought us wind and rain continue to churn it's way to the north and east," Channel 3 meteorologist Scot Haney said.
Here are some of the reports of wind gusts: Groton: 66 mph Old Greenwich: 64 mph Lebanon: 57 mph Meriden: 56 mph Plainfield: 56 mph West Haven: 52 mph. See photos of the damage here.
Weather watchers reported more than 4 inches of rain in parts of the state. The following towns saw more than 4 inches of rainfall: New Hartford 6.03 inches Terryville 5.71 inches Canton 5.50 inches North Granby 5.30 inches Oakville 5.11 inches Farmington 4.51 inches As of 9:40 p.m., Eversource reported more than 95,000 people without power. United Illuminating reported 286 outages.
Eversource crews were working all day to get service restored. Eversource has posted on their website that customers are being asked to prepare for a multi-day restoration effort.
"Around midnight, I think it was the last gust of the storm. A tremendous gust or roar of wind and a crack and crash," Hebron resident Reginald Spaulding said. "And I thought it may have come through the roof but fortunately, it just took the corner off of it."
Spaulding has been living in his house since 1966 and never had this type of storm damage.
"I planted those white birch trees when we first started living here," Spaulding said.
Utility crews said they will be out cleaning up for days. Besides Spaulding's trees, some significant sized trees came down overnight.
"Just to get into work this morning, I've taken like two or three different detours just to go around trees."
In Tolland, on Tolland Green Road, a large tree branch crashed onto a Mazda 3 sedan and crushed the back part of the car, taking out the back window, door and bumper.
Other parts of Tolland have been without power all day, like residents on Babcock Road.
“We heard a crack and all of a sudden most of the power went off. We noticed the line started sparking and we got to the point we were seeing flames sparks coming off it,” said Andrew Davidson, of Tolland.
Damage was reported in Vernon as well, where a tree came crashing down on Route 74, taking some power lines with it. Crews came out to move the tree, but the road was closed for hours.
“There was a big explosion around 3, 3:30 in the morning, and there a transformer right before the bridge and I’m sure it was the same transformer that blew up 10 years ago,” Vernon resident Grant Carta said.
A number of road closures were reported overnight and throughout the day on Monday as a result of the storm damage. Get real-time traffic updates from the Channel 3 traffic map here.
People who live in the area of Sunset and Pleasant View drives said they felt the effects of Sunday night’s storm.
“This area all right down here, lit up in green! And there were probably three big booms," said Kim Hagenow.
Schools were closed in Vernon and Tolland on Monday. While several school districts reported closures on Monday morning, classes and trick-or-treating on Tuesday in Ledyard has been postponed. Stay up-to-date on them here.
Papa Z's Pizza in Colchester expanded delivery service with their partners for those who's fridges were affected by the storm.
"Today they decided to do a nice thing for people and extend the radius from six miles to ten miles because of people being in a situation like that," Genia Kariotis with Papa Z's Pizza said. "So hopefully that will help out a little bit."
Halloween's forecast looks great. Temperatures should drop into the 50s and 40s by trick-or-treat time.
"BOO! On Halloween, the weather is looking stellar with a mostly sunny sky," Haney said.
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