Strong thunderstorms bring heavy rain, lightning to area

Strong thunderstorms bring heavy rain, lightning to area

Record-Journal staff

Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and lightning to the area Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The storms started around 4 p.m. and were expected to end around 9 p.m., according to Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University.

“Potentially, we could see precipitation into the mid-evening,” Lessor said late Tuesday afternoon. “Good dose of rain, could cause flooding in some areas.”

Meriden Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Dunn said lightning struck a home on Midland Drive around 4:45 p.m., resulting in minor electrical hazards in the residence.

A home on Meriden-Waterbury Road in Cheshire was also reportedly struck by lightning.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for New Haven and Hartford counties from noon through Tuesday evening.

As of 5 p.m., Meriden had close to an inch of rainfall, while Southington and Cheshire had about three-quarters of an inch, Lessor said.

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