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2 Dead, Power Out for Thousands After Powerful Storms

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    2 Killed in Powerful Storms

    Powerful storms caused devastation in Connecticut Tuesday and are blamed for two deaths. (Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

    State officials are evaluating the damage from the deadly storms yesterday as work begins to recover from widespread damage.

    Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a warning Wednesday that a lot of people will be without power for days. 

    The storm turned tragic yesterday and one man in Danbury was killed during the storms when a tree fell on his vehicle. A 41-year-old woman was killed in New Fairfield during the storms, according to state police.  They said a 3-year-old child who was with her did not appear to be hurt.

    Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said a man was killed in the Candlewood Lake area. Boughton said the man was mowing a lawn and when the storm came he sheltered in a truck. A tree came down on the truck, killing him.

    State police said the woman who died in New Fairfield was in a car when a tree fell at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.

    Another man suffered serious injuries when the roof at a baseball dugout flew off and struck him, the mayor confirmed.

    The storms that moved through Connecticut pelted cars and homes with hail, took down trees, and showed signatures of a possible tornado in some towns. At least one confirmed tornado occurred in the Oxford area.

    The National Weather Service sent a team to assess damage in Connecticut, with a focus on Bethany, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Durham, Hamden, New Milford, Newtown, Oxford, Ridgefield, Southbury and Winsted.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Albany Tweeted that the survey team near Winsted determined the damage in the area was from straight-line winds and more details will be provided this evening. 

    Power remains out for more than 86,000 Eversource and United Illuminating customers Wednesday afternoon.

    Storm Leaves Wake of Destruction in Cheshire, Oxford

    [HAR] Storm Leaves Wake of Destruction in Cheshire, Oxford

    Cheshire and Oxford are among the many towns cleaning up after severe storms hit Connecticut Tuesday.

    (Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

    A Facebook post from the Office of the First Selectman of Seymour says the town was not sure when power would be restored, but they are looking at a potential of two to three days.

    Several school districts have announced closures for Wednesday due to the severe damage.

    Several state parks will be closed Wednesday because of damage, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Seven parks are closed as of 10 a.m. 

    Oxford police reported trees and power lines down throughout the town trapping people in cars.


    Radar images confirmed a tornado that moved through the Oxford and Southbury area, according to NBC Connecticut Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan. Storm damage in Brookfield was caused by a macroburst, according to the National Weather Service.

    In Cheshire, a large tree came down on a house on Bellamy Road, putting a huge hole in the roof.

    As of 9:30 a.m. more than 91,000 homes and businesses were still without power.

    At the height of the storm, more than 130,000 were in the dark. Some of the hardest hit towns include Southbury, Beacon Falls, Winchester and Brookfield. The town of Brookfield declared a "town disaster" due to all the damage and town officials will hold a news conference this morning to give an update on the storm.

    Some towns, including Danbury and Southbury, have opened emergency shelters. 

    The severe storm cell continued into Wallingford, where trees are down in the South Main Street area as well as other parts of town.

    Trees were also down across Interstate 84 in Middlebury and Route 34 in Derby.

    Crews in Hamden Cleaning Up After Storm

    [HAR] Crews in Hamden Cleaning Up After Storm

    Many homes in the northern part of Hamden were damaged by severe storms Tuesday.

    (Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018)

    Hail the size of golf balls fell in places like Hartland and Granby.

    At different points through the afternoon, tornado warnings were issued for Litchfield, Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven and Middlesex counties.

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