Heavy rain, strong winds lead to traffic delays, power outages

Heavy rain, strong winds lead to traffic delays, power outages



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Heavy rain and high wind gusts led to traffic delays on local roads and highways and power outages across the state Friday.

Rainfall totals were between about two and three inches throughout the state, according to Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University. Meriden saw about 2.75 inches of rain, while Wallingford had close to 3 inches and Southington reported about 3.5 inches of rain.

The high temperature at Bradley International Airport was 63 degrees, breaking the previous record for Dec. 21 of 60 degrees, which was set in 1957, according to Lessor.

Heavy rain subsided during the early-afternoon hours, and scattered showers were forecast into today. 

A flash flood warning was issued for Meriden, Wallingford and Cheshire late Friday morning into Friday afternoon. About 11 a.m., the National Weather Service said a band of rain was estimated to be producing rainfall rates of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour.

Lessor said seasonable weather is expected to return next week.

Rain and wind gusts delayed traffic on local roads. About noon, state police said they closed a section of Route 15 north in the area of exit 68 in Meriden due to flooding. Authorities advised motorists to seek alternate routes.

In Southington, emergency crews responded to the area of Berlin Street and Stonegate Road about 7 a.m. after a tree fell onto a car. No injuries were reported.

About 8,500 power outages were reported across the state late Friday afternoon, according to Eversource Energy.

lsellew@record-journal.com

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