Lightning Last Night, Thunder Warnings Today

More storms are possible today.

Intense thunder lightning knocked out power to thousands of Connecticut homes on Wednesday night and sent utility companies scrambling to call in extra repair crews. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Litchfield County until 8 p.m.

A special weather statement has been issued for severe thunderstorms in Southern New England this afternoon.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. spokeswoman Pam Medlock said early Thursday that 10,000 customers throughout the state still were without electricity. The number was down to less than 5,000 by 9:30 a.m.  

Meriden was hardest hit with outages, but thousands also lost power in Torrington, Middletown, Cheshire, Waterbury and Simsbury. The list of outages is posted on CL&P's Web site.

Back-up crews were also pulled in to deal with downed wires and trees blocking roadways.

A spokesman for United Illuminating reported outages in Derby, West Haven and New Haven. Crews were working to restore electric service.

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