Whipping Winds Wipe Out Poles

Over 15,000 without power at one point

Strong winds ripped through Connecticut on Tuesday, bringing down trees and knocking out power to thousands of residents.
Just over 15,000 CL&P customers lost power during the day.  The utility says all available crews are working on repairs, and most customers are expected to have power restored at some point in the night.
In Hartford, Public Works crews responded to Hillside Avenue to remove a tree that fell on two houses.  Several people were inside the homes when the tree fell, but no one was hurt.  "I didn't think it was going to happen," said Victor Delgado, a resident of one of the homes.  "I knew it was an old tree but it was just kinda crazy."
On Holcomb Street in Hartford, a power line fell knocking out power to one home and forcing police to close the street.
In Farmington, police closed a stretch of Route 10 after two trees crashed down and a utility pole snapped.  Some nearby businesses lost power and closed for the day.
There were reports of damage across the state, including:

  • In Manchester, a pole on Plymouth Lane snapped bringing down a transformer with it.  Police closed the road while utility crews made repairs.
  • A section of Route 183 in Torrington was shut down after a tree fell onto power lines.
  • And, a large tree near Old Main Street and Washington Street in Rocky Hill snapped taking down some power wires.
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