Residents across part of Connecticut are cleaning up after gusty winds and torrential rain caused damage last night, brought a tree down onto a house in Manchester and caused thousands of power outages statewide.
A tree came crashing down on the home at 71 Delmont Street and the homeowner said children usually play in the damaged room, but in a move that saved their lives, they decided to stay downstairs and play video games.
Wind gusts of up to nearly 40 mph were reported in parts of the state and more than 1,600 homes lost power in North Haven at the height of the storm. Traffic lights were also affected, and police directed traffic and set up temporary signs.
Small hail was also reported in the evening hours.
Eversource Energy reported thousands of outages in its coverage area as well. At one point, 31 percent of Haddam and 19 percent of Killingworth were without power, along with hundreds of residences in Newington, Hartford and Andover.
As of Thursday morning, power was back on for all but three customers.
Strong winds brought down trees on Route 10 in Southington, Middlebury Road in Middlebury, Avery Street in South Windsor, Route 147 in Middlefield.
Wires came down on Fenn Road near King Arthur Highway in Newington, prompting a large power outage that affected a condo complex. Power lines also fell on Holmes Road and South Main Street in Newington, according to police.
Flood warnings remain in effect through tomorrow for Hartford and Middlesex counties along the Connecticut River.
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