Storm causes damage locally, leaves thousands without power statewide

Storm causes damage locally, leaves thousands without power statewide

Record-Journal staff

More than 27,000 Eversource customers in the state were without electrical power Thursday evening, after a wind storm swept the region overnight, toppling over trees and knocking down power lines. Those customers included several dozen in Meriden, Cheshire and Southington.

Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross said every town the utility provider services was affected to some degree by the storm, which has left thousands without power in other states, including Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

“We have hundreds of linemen and tree workers working,” Gross said. “We have additional help on the way, from Michigan, Ohio and New York. It remains all hands on deck. We are working as quickly as we can to get everybody back on.”

The storm damage prompted the Meriden YMCA to cancel its annual Halloween-themed fun night Friday at its Mountain Mist Outdoor Center on High Hill Road.

That event, in its fifth year, typically featured a guided walk through the woods where families encountered Halloween scenes and other activities, including pumpkin decorating.

John Benigni, CEO of the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA, expressed disappointment that the event needed to be cancelled.

“We didn't want to cancel it,” Benigni said, explaining the event has typically drawn around 500 attendees each year. “We now have clean up work because of this storm.”

Workers at the site on Thursday afternoon were clearing toppled trees, fallen tree branches and brush from trail and camp ground areas that would have hosted the guided walk.

Also in Meriden a section of Fairmount Street was closed Thursday as crews worked to clear a tree that fell on wires. The downed tree was reported just after noon.

No power outages or injuries in the area were reported.