Thunderstorms Bring Downpours, Lightning and Hail

Thunderstorms moving west across the state brought downpours, hail and lots of lightning Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service warned that storms could be accompanied by wind gusts of up to 60 mph and hail the size of a quarter.

Chief Meteorologist Brad Field said three-quarter-inch hail has been reported in Cornwall, and lightning struck the state 89 times over the course of just 15 minutes.

Firefighters in Torrington said a house fire on Weed Road may have been sparked by a lightning strike. South Main Street was also briefly closed due to flooding, according to the police department.

The only report of storm damage Tuesday night was in Sharon, where trees came down across Route 4 and Route 41, according to the Department of Transportation. Route 4 was closed in the area of Butter Road and Route 41 was closed at Bolland Road.

Eversource reported up to 400 power outages, concentrated mostly in areas of western Connecticut such as Sharon and Burlington.

Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan said storms were expected to weaken as they moved southeast across the state toward the shoreline.

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