Stephania Jimenez and Tom Kienzler
Residents feel they were lucky in New Milford, where despite downed trees, there were few power outages from Thursday night's storm.
Severe thunderstorms rolled into Connecticut just after 7 p.m. Thursday, bringing vivid lightning and damaging winds.
Danbury was one of the first areas to be hit and emergency officials reported damage throughout the city.
Four homes were struck by lightning and about 10 roads were closed because so many trees came down.
A tree fell on a car on White Street and trees were reported down on Joes Hill Road, according to police.
Multiple lightning strikes were also reported in Danbury, fire officials said.
Mayor Mark Boughton said the storms have cost the city almost $300,000, which cuts into the winter storm budget.
As of Friday morning, Route 35 in Ridgefield is closed in both directions near West Lane because of downed trees and wires.
The storm caused a malfunction at a railroad crossing In New Milford on Thursday night. Fortunately. no trains were passing at the time.
Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 13,000 customers were without power as of 8 p.m. Power crews worked through the night and, as of 8: a.m., there were around 2,300 power outages. The highest number is in Weston.
Gov. Dannel Malloy partially activated the state emergency operations center as of 3:30 p.m. to monitor and manage issues that might arise from possible severe weather.
There are possibilities for more storms on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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