Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings the National Weather Service issued for parts of Connecticut Thursday have expired, but there are reports of damage and tornado watches remain in effect.
A tornado watch remains in effect for Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties.
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for New Haven County until 4:30 p.m.
A tornado warning was issued for Litchfield County and it was extended until 4 p.m. for almost all of the county.
As of 6 p.m., Everource is reporting 40,000 power outages. Branford was one of the hard-hit, with 99% of customers in town reported out just after the storms moved through.
Eversource reported that they were responding to hard-hit areas including Waterbury, Naugatuck, Prospect, and Woodbury.
United Illuminating is reporting 21,000 customers out, many in North Haven, North Branford, and Hamden.
PHOTOS: Severe Storms Move Through Connecticut
STORM DAMAGE REPORTS
After the worst of the storms moved through, damage reports began coming in.
In Hamden, police said multiple roads in impassable:
- Shepard Avenue and Sherman Avenue
- Earl Avenue and Howard Avenue
- The 400 block of Shepard Avenue
- Town Walk Drive and Sherman Avenue
- Shepard Avenue and West Shepard Avenue
An NBC Connecticut crew in Hamden said heavy rain and whipping winds moved through quickly. The storm took down trees and some wires. Town officials reported some buildings with roof damage.
These storms come a couple of weeks after Isaias, which knocked out power for hundreds of thousands across the state of Connecticut,
A spokesperson for Eversource, the state's largest utility company, said they are fully staffed, have line and tree workers and support staff positioned across the state and are ready to respond to any outages.
The company said they will bring in out-of-state contractors to help if needed.
There is a hope that the remnants of Laura can bring us some beneficial rain Saturday.