MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The entire state is experiencing power outages due to the strong wind gusts from Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday.
As much as the shoreline was hit, inland areas of the state were no different. In Wethersfield, the roof was ripped off an apartment building on Route 3, displacing several families from four apartments.
When the roof was ripped off people ran through the halls trying to escape the building. No one was reportedly injured in the incident.
Robert Lepore told News 8 of his harrowing experience when that roof was torn off.
“I was looking at the back deck out the bay window door when a gust of wind took the roof off the apartment to my left,” Lepore said. “As I went into the back door and saw the roof was missing in the hallway, my downstairs neighbor was knocking on the front door to make sure I was ok. As I opened up the front door everything was alright in the hallway. Then when I went back into the house, the bedroom roof came off on my side.”
A few miles away from that apartment building, a huge tree completely destroyed a home, but amazingly there were no injuries reported. A woman was in the house but happened to be in the center of that house when the tree fell into the middle of the home.
“Because of the tornado warning, I was simply sitting in the middle of the house with a chair,” Stephanie Convey told News 8. “As soon as I heard that huge crash, I knew what had happened. It must have been the tree coming down. I’m just so grateful to God that nothing happened to anybody.”
Middletown was also hit hard, including being under a tornado warning at one point. Some area residents decided to head to Harbor Park for some fishing and picture-taking.
“You see it on the radar, and it’s very impressive,” said Sarina D’Angelis of Newington. “But, i mean, seeing how the water is, it might turn out to be something spectacular.”
Early in the storm the power of Isaias was, indeed spectacular. I-91 in Meriden was just one major highway that was blocked by trees on the roadway. I-84 westbound in Southington was shut down due to a downed tree too.
A tornado watch that had been issued for the state’s southern counties was eventually expanded to include Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties to the north. But trees were down all over the interior of the state, including here in Shelton – an image submitted by News 8 viewer Larry Deneault.
News 8 viewer Kate Ariano sent us video via Report It of a tree down in her yard in Trumbull.
Eversource and UI both say that when you see downed wires: assume they are live, stay away from them, don’t drive over them. Stay as far away from wires and fallen tree limbs, as well as anything they are touching like puddles and metal fences.