Storms Bring Down Trees and Power Lines

Thunderstorms brought strong winds and downpours this morning and caused damage across the state. 

During the storms, a tree fell on a house in East Haddam and sparked a fire.

Firefighters said they struck a second alarm after a tree came down on a house on Mt. Parnassus Road and they had to bring in water from a nearby pond.

Lightning caused a fire that destroyed a barn on Bashon Hill Road in Bozrah this morning, according to fire officials. The barn was used to store hay and no one was injured in the fire.

A lightning strike cut the power at Apple Rehab in Avon. The fire chief said the motors started to overheat and there was smoke in the attic, but no one was hurt. 

The storms brought down trees and power lines, knocking out power.

In New Haven, a power line came down at George and Orchard streets and crews from United Illuminating said it looked like it has been struck by lightning.

A massive tree fell on power lines on Pheasant Hill in Farmington, blocking passage for residents of a cul de sac.

A tree also fell on power lines on West Mountain Road in Canton. Down the street, lightning struck a dog fence.   

Southern Connecticut State University will not open until noon Thursday because of a downed power line.


A post on the university's Facebook page says essential personnel and staff involved with the new student orientation session should report as scheduled and the orientation session scheduled for today will proceed on time.

The weather has prompted Lake Compounce in Bristol to close for the day. 

As of 10:30 a.m., power remains out for around 1,800 Eversource and United Illuminating customers.

A few storms are also possible this afternoon.

The highs today will be in the mid- to upper-70s.

Then the heat moves in Friday and it will continue through the weekend and into early next week. The NBC Connecticut meteorologists have issued a First Alert for the dangerous heat.

Keep an eye on the interactive radar to track the storm.

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