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Clean Up Underway After Strong Winds, Heavy Rain Bring Down Trees

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Clean up is underway after strong winds and heavy rain on Saturday night caused trees to come down and knocked out power to some residents in Connecticut.

Depending where you live, you may remember being able to hear that wind and hard thumping rain crash against your roof. At one point, the weather caused over 3,000 outages in the state.

In Suffield, residents on South Grand Street woke up to a massive tree uprooted, power outages and crews coming to fix the downed wires.

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Suzanne Wosco lives on the street and described what she experienced during the storm on Saturday night.

"My husband and I were at a hockey game. We got home and as we were pulling down the street, as we’re getting closer, we can see wires down in out front yard and then the next thing you know there’s a big tree in the yard," Wosco said.

"We tend to lose trees in this area… usually after a storm like this. We’re out in the yard cleaning now," she added.

At the height of the storm, Eversource reported over 3,000 outages. Wosco said she's thankful she didn't lose power and that everyone is safe, but that she'll be lending a helping hand to those in need.

"I don’t know how we lucked out, but we’ll be helping the neighbor clean up her front yard because that’s quite a mess," Wosco added.

Now with the Christmas season well underway, this storm also impacts businesses. Tree farms can face major issues when they have to contend with this sort of weather, but they said the struggle also dates back to the summer.

Wind combined with rain impacted a few businesses that were hoping to see a few more customers come through their doors ahead of the Christmas holiday.

“We’ve had three 100-year floods this summer in the middle of growing season,” said Dzen Tree Farm Owner John Dzen.  

"Thirty-four and drizzle, it was just miserable. The wind was whipping and it's just been a very raw day all day today. It definitely hurts sales," Dzen said.

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