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Storms Bring Rain, Winds



    Trees and utility wires fell, some roads flooded and thousands of people lost power across Connecticut as the remnants of tropical storm Nicole hit New England.

    No major injuries are reported.

    The National Weather Service says Friday's heaviest rains have moved out of Connecticut and it's canceled flash flood warnings for coastal counties. A flood warning remains in effect for Litchfield County.

    The Weather Service has also canceled wind advisories that warned of gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

    Connecticut Light & Power said it has restored power to 59,000 customers since Thursday and 10,300 outages remain Friday. United Illuminating reports 370 outages.

    The Metropolitan District temporarily closed the West Hartford Reservoir, located at 1420 Farmington Ave., West Hartford and Reservoir #6, located off Route 44/Albany Avenue in Bloomfield, because of a flood watch and wind advisory in effect through this evening.

    The MDC will continue to monitor weather conditions and reopen the reservoirs once the storm clears.

    New Haven police say Union Avenue near the train station was closed because of a sinkhole and there is no vehicle access to Union Station and Metro North and Amtrak trains are experiencing delays.

    Two schools in Milford closed early because of power outages.

    In West Hartford, weather is likely behind a tree coming down on Sedgwick Road in West Hartford.

    Winds closed the Glastonbury Ferry on Friday morning because of high winds.

    On Thursday, torrential rains had already soaked western Connecticut through the day and a tree fell on a house on Cedar Lane in Beacon Falls. No one was hurt, but the home sustained heavy damage, according to State Police.

    Gov. M. Jodi Rell ordered a partial activation of the state's Emergency Operations Center to be ready in the event of problems.

    "I have asked all of our local and regional partners to gear up for a quick response to downed power lines, high water, blocked roads and damage caused by loose tree limbs or uprooted trees," Rell said.

    Several schools closed early due to the deteriorating weather conditions throughout the day.

    The massive East Coast rainstorm is being blamed for five deaths in North Carolina.

    Tweed airport has resumed normal operations with the noon flight expected to go out on time.


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