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Storm causes widespread damage, power outages

Storm causes widespread damage, power outages

Tuesday’s tropical storm left thousands in the area without power, taking down trees and closing roads and even highways.

High gusts of wind from Tropical Storm Isaias left most of Cheshire without power by 6 p.m. Of the 11,505 Eversource customers in town, around 10,871, or 94.5 percent, were without power Tuesday evening. 

“The majority of town is without power and there is no expectation that power will be restored soon,” the Cheshire police department posted on Facebook around 5:30 p.m.

Around the same time, Meriden reportedly had about 433 outages, about 1.5 percent of customers in the city. 

The Meriden Fire Department responded to many calls of toppled trees and wires, including trees that struck homes. 

“There are lots of roads that are impassable right now,” Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Dunn said around 5:45 p.m., adding most were side roads, not major thoroughfares. 

Dunn urged people to stay away from downed wires and trees.  

Just before 4 p.m. Meriden police responded to South Colony Street and Cook Avenue for a report of a car accident that took down power lines. 

The Meriden police online call log showed public hazards reported in places like 400 South Curtis St., 170 Franklin St., 41 Graveline Ave., and 723 Yale Ave. 

The storm also prompted road closures in Southington, including I-84 west, between exits 30 and 31. The closure, reported just after 2 p.m., involved a motor vehicle crash and a tree that fell on the highway, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The DOT reported the road cleared around 3:45 p.m. 

Another downed tree blocked traffic on I-691 westbound, between exits 2 and 3, around 4 p.m. 

Route 10 was closed to traffic starting around 3:30 p.m. in Southington because of downed trees.

In Wallingford, police Lt. Cheryl Bradley said the town was working quickly to get roads cleared of downed trees and wires in several locations.

As of 5:40 p.m., Oak Street, North Main Street near Christian Street, and Old Durham were closed to traffic for storm-related reasons, mostly downed trees and branches. A downed tree fell across South Main Street, near Sylvan Avenue, closing the street.  

The Wallingford Electric Division reported 36 separate outages, which had affected 774 customers townwide.

Richard Hendershot, the town’s director of public utilities, said crews had been out since Monday making storm preparations.

He anticipated line crews and contractors would be out throughout the night responding to reports of outages and downed trees on utility lines.

While the forecasted heavy rains never materialized, the high winds arrived.

"The wind seems to be forecast as strong and severe as expected," Hendershot said, urging customers to stay away from downed wires.

"We don't want anyone to go out and patrol. They should treat all downed wires as if they are live and energized," Hendershot said.



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