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Thousands Still Without Power After 'Bomb Cyclone' Hits Connecticut

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    Somers, Vernon Still in the Dark Hours After Storm

    There were still about 2,000 people in the dark Thursday night after a bomb cyclone hit the state.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

    After almost a day of cleanup, thousands were still without power across Connecticut after an intense storm move through, bringing heavy rain and high winds.

    The storm, known as a bomb cyclone, brought heavy rain and winds gusting to more than 50 miles per hour in some areas throughout the night and into Thursday morning. The damage forced school closures and delays as crews worked to clear streets and get power back to homes and businesses.

    "Bomb Cyclone" Causes Power Outages

    Eversource was reporting more than 41,000 power outages (see the full list) and United Illuminating said more than 4,200 were without power (see the full list) as of 4 a.m. Thursday.

    By 11 p.m. Thursday, Eversource was still dealing with 16,847 customers without power. The areas still suffering widespread outages include Killingly, Somers, Vernon and Stonington.

    A bomb cyclone is a rapidly strengthening area of low pressure. In order to be considered a bomb cyclone, pressure has to drop 24mb in 24 hours.

    Tricia Modifica, a spokesperson for Eversource, said crews began starting to restore power as soon as it was safe to do so and they continue restoration efforts when safety allows.The damage is widespread and some of the hardest hit areas are around Enfield and Somers, according to Eversource. Modifica said they have also called in outside crews to help crews in the field.

    Eversource said by 6 p.m. Thursday crews had restored power to more than 55,000 customers, and thousands were still in the dark.

    Crews are able to repair poles and wires to restore power as long as winds do not exceed 35 miles per hour.

    Eversource Tweeted that it will provide estimated power restoration times on its outage map when they are available. CHECK HERE.

    Customers can also sign up for alerts online here.

    You can also quickly register for outage reporting and status updates via text by by sending "REG" to 23129.

    "Bomb Cyclone" Causes Damage

    Trees are down in towns across Connecticut, but eastern parts of the state appeared to be hit the hardest.

    In Vernon, police responded to dozens of calls of trees blocking roads throughout the town.

    Photos of 'Bomb Cyclone'Photos of 'Bomb Cyclone'

    Other areas hit hard by the storm included Stonington, where thousands were without power. Police said trees and wires are down all over town. A downed tree blocked Mason's Island Road, cutting off access to about 150 homes, according to police.

    In East Haven, residents living along the shoreline were dealing with minor flooding as waves crashed over a seawall at high tide.

    The New London Firefighters Twitter account says they responded to several storm-related emergencies and rescued several people from their vehicles. They also rescued one person from a basement apartment. 

    In Greenwich, up to 50 roads are affected by downed trees and wires. 

    In Somers, trees came down on homes on Blue Ridge Drive, Brace Road, Sunshine Farm and one other location that was not immediately known. Three trees came down on cars and at least 30 roads are closed because of downed trees or wires, according to the fire department. On Thursday night there were still hundreds of homes without power.

    In Southington, downed trees and power lines closed County Road at Defashion Street. 

    In South Windsor, Route 5 is closed at Strong Road southbound from Strong Road to Glendale Road because trees and wires are down. Route 5 south from Glendale to the East Hartford town line is passable, but there are no traffic lights are functioning. They are asking everyone to avoid the area if possible until further notice.  

    In Suffield, Remington Street and Hale Street are closed because of downed trees and wires. The Suffield Senior Center is open for residents in need of shelter or power. If you see wires down, stay away from them and report them to police.

    In Vernon, several trees and wires are down. As of Thursday night there were still hundreds of outages as Eversource crews worked around town.

    In West Hartford, the storm brought down several trees and wires, which led to several road closures and damaged a home. 

    The rain began to move out of Connecticut after 3 a.m. Thursday but the high winds are expected to continue through the early afternoon as the storm pulls away from southern New England.

    Track the storm with our interactive radar.

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