Storm Topples Trees, Knocks Out Power

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Residents of apartments on Fern Street in Hartford woke to find a tree had fallen on cars. (Published Thursday, Jan 31, 2013)

    Residents are beginning to clean up after a storm came through overnight and early Thursday morning, bringing wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour.

    Tens of thousands of homes and residences were without power because of downed wires and transformer explosions.

    There are several reports of damage and downed power lines and branches.

    In Wallingford, a tree came down on Montowese Trail house, shattered a window and caused water to soak a 14-year-old girl's bedroom. The homeowners said they will have to replace all the siding.

    The Wallingford police department lost two cruisers when a tree came down, crushing them.

    In Fairfield, Alternative High School and the Central Office are closed because of power outages. Fairfield Ludlowe High School students to the gym for the first two periods because of a roof leak.

    In Hartford, a tree came down on several cars on Fern Street  and a tree came through a window of a house on Wethersfield Avenue.

    More than 60 school delays and closings are posted and there are several problems on the roads.

    One was on Colt Street in East Hartford, where there are reports of wires on a school bus that is carrying children. The bus has since left the scene. An emergency crew is at the scene and traffic is being diverted.

    As that scene was clearing, there were reports of wires on a school bus at Preston Street an Wethersfield Avenue. That bus has also left the scene.

    Metro North was also experiencing problems on the New Haven line because of wire issues in the area, but the problem has been resolved. 

    As the storm was coming through, there was a fire on Country Club Road in Ledyard and the American Red Cross is helping two adults and one child. One adult had to be treated for smoke inhallation. Two animals died in the fire, according to the fire department.

    A quick inch of rain, combined with melting snow, might create some poor drainage and urban street and basement flooding. Being that the ground is frozen from last week’s cold temperatures, runoff will be enhanced, increasing the threat for some water issues.

    The weather will calm down tomorrow with breezy weather, clearing skies and falling temperatures.
    Advisories are posted through tomorrow morning.

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