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Power Restored to Thousands After Strong Storms Cause Damage Across the State

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Power has been restored to thousands of people after strong storms moved through the state and caused extensive damage on Saturday.

Some residents are cleaning up after trees fell down in and on their properties, as well as on local streets.

Three tornadoes likely touched down in Connecticut: one in Branford, one in Plainfield, and one in Cheshire.

Tornado debris picked up on radar in Branford.

Branford Police said they have two blocked roads involving trees and wires, Pine Orchard in the area of Route 66 and Whiting Farm Road.

A home on Beechwood Road had tree damage from the storms.

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Also, the fence in their backyard was damaged by strong winds.

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“A big noise, a scary noise, and I didn’t know if it was the thunder or something else, and it was something else, a big tree fell on my house," John Caron of Branford said.

A tree came down on a house on Gould Lane in Branford, as well. Other damage in the neighborhood and those surrounding it was reported, too, according to police.

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A Branford resident cleans up after a tree fell on his home on Gould Lane.

Officials in Guilford said they had hundreds of calls for trees down, wires down, lights off at intersections and many other hazards.

"This 30 minute storm slammed the town tonight and it appears no area was left untouched," the police department said on Facebook.

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As of Sunday morning, there were still 12 roads with significant hazards on them. The police department says this is far less than what they started with.

In Canton, Torrington Avenue near Route 109 is blocked by a downed tree involving power lines. The police department says all downed wires should be considered live until they're deemed safe by authorities.

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Downed trees involving power lines in Canton.

Wethersfield officials said a utility pole broke due to wind on Valley Crest Drive. Eversource is at the scene and power is shut off while crews assess damage.

In Cheshire, a trampoline was blown away from someone's backyard and into the street.

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Fire officials in the Taftville neighborhood of Norwich said they responded to multiple calls during the storms. Crews responded to a tree on a mobile home. Also, a home was struck by lightning on Scotland Street and live wires came down on Bailey Heights.

Wilton Police are reporting several road closures because of trees and wires down. Signal Hill North is closed because a tree is down, Cannon Road is closed because a tree is down on wires, and Belden Hill in the area of Wolfput Road has one lane passable due to wires down, authorities said.

In South Windham, Babcock Hill Road is closed from Main Street to Type Road for a wire down in the road.

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