CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — Tropical Storm Isaias brought tornado warnings, tornado watches and flood warnings Tuesday as strong wind gusts whipped through the state, causing downed trees and power outages.
Downed trees were reported across the state, even causing some roads, like Interstate 84 in Southington, to temporarily close.
East Haven’s fire chief told News 8 his crews were prepared to keep an eye on strong wind gusts.
“We took any precautions that were necessary as far as making sure that all the storm drains are cleaned out, that our tree crews are ready to go operational,” Matt Marcarelli said.
The shoreline, as well as other parts of the state, was pelted with heavy rain. Shoreline towns are watching tides closely into the evening hours as there are concerns for coastal flooding.
Waters were rough in the Long Island Sound. People were encouraged to stay out of the water as swimming conditions were unsafe.
The rough seas caused several boats to break loose in Madison, causing them to wash ashore.
Another issue was downed power lines and loss of internet and phone services to more than 337,000 residents. If you see downed power lines, always assume they are live. Do not go anywhere near them or touch them. Instead, report them to your energy company.
New Haven weathered an outage of the Regional 911 system during the storm, but Mayor Justin Elicker tweeted a little after 7 p.m. that the system was back up and running.
Around 8 p.m. Elicker indicated that over 130 trees were still down, with many downed power wires as a result. The mayor asked residents to call the Emergency Operations Center at (203) 946-8221 to report downed trees or powerlines in their neighborhood.
High winds also knocked down scaffolding at a construction site on Challenge Street in New Haven. Crews had to clean the mess the scaffolding fell into part of the street.
In Old Saybrook, Fire Chief Michael Spera said flooding wasn’t the concern, high winds were.
“We have multiple large trees down, wires down, complete neighborhoods isolated to the point where we can only access them by using our ATVs on patrol,” he told News 8.
Spera said many residents have well water, which means if they don’t have power, they don’t have access to water. He said crews will access those residents need for supplies within the next few hours. Those in need of help should call 911.
As the storm pushes out of the state, emergency crews statewide will begin clean up measures and restoring power throughout Wednesday. People are asked to remain patient as crews will be working as fast as they can when it is safe to do so.