"Lightning struck a 60 foot Scotch pine tree behind my house & peeled one side down to within 4 feet of the ground," writes John Kasey of Stratford.
Updated: Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012, 3:43 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012, 6:56 AM EDT
(WTNH) -- Electricity was out to more than one thousand customers across Connecticut after a morning storm that hit the state with lightning, thunder and rain.
The storms triggered Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Flood Advisories for several counties during the morning.
Connecticut Light & Power has just over 1,000 power outages as of 12:10 p.m., down from more than 3,000 earlier in the morning. Hundreds were without power in Colebrook, Newtown and Wolcott.
There were reports of lightning striking a home and starting a fire in Danbury on Saddle Rock Road.
In Monroe, firefighters were on the scene of a house fire at 27 Rodeo Drive in Stepney, the Connecticut Post reported. In a Tweet the post said "No one was home, but the structure is fully involved.
The storm hit the northwestern part of the state before dawn, then spread west to east. A second round of stormy weather was expected later in the afternoon.