New Haven (WTNH) - 20,000 residents are still without power Saturday morning aftersevere weather ripped through the state.
That number dropped significantly from the more than 42,000outages originally reported Friday evening by CL&P and UnitedIlluminating Co. The number of outages continued to decreasethroughout Saturday morning as crews fixed utility problems causedby the wild weather. Most of the outages were in Farmington (6,100)and Wethersfield (6,300).
CL&P spokesman Jeff Tilghman said the utility company isbringing in crews from out-of-state to assist in cleaning up andrestoring power. Those crews will be fixing broken poles, downedtrees and damaged transformers.
Tilghman also warned residents to stay away from downed powerlines, and report them to either police or the utility company.
Severe weather warnings were issued Friday evening forsoutheastern Hartford County, south central Tolland County,northwestern New London County and southwestern Windham County,including Willimantic. All tornado warnings, which had coveredparts of the state, expired by 6:15 p.m.
Storm Team 8's Geoff Fox said the slow-moving storms producedheavy rains and destructive wind gusts. Hail was also reported.
Reports of downed trees, power lines and flooding came in fromall across the state. Some homes in Wethersfield sustainedextensive damage, so the Wethersfield Fire Department opened anemergency shelter for anyone needing shelter due to damaged homesor health issues.
The Wethersfield DMV office is closed Saturday due to lack ofpower and downed tree limbs. DMV customers should go to either theEnfield or New Britain offices, officials said. Anyone who has adriver's license test scheduled today at the Wethersfield officeshould call the DMV Phone Center at 860-263-5700 to reschedule thetest.
Because of the weather, the Town of Hamden postponed theirFourth of July Fireworks Display until Saturday evening.
The storm has caused major problems for roadways in Farmington.Due to downed trees and powerlines, Route 6 is closed in bothdirections between Wolf Pit Road and Fieneman Road, and South Roadis closed from Two Mile Road to the entrance of West Farms Mall andthe West Hartford. Route 4 at Monteith Drive is now open afterbeing closed to one lane of traffic late Friday night and intoearly Saturday morning.
Due to wire damage caused by the storm, buses will substitutefor train service on the New Canaan Branch until furthernotice.
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