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Gusty storm leads to power outages, road closures and train delays across the state

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(WTNH) — The strong winds overnight brought down trees and power lines all across Connecticut. It even caused issues for travelers Friday morning.

The sound of a chainsaw is not something you often here before the sun comes up. Then again, you don’t often have a massive tree blocking the road.

“Not at all, maybe a couple branches but not almost an entire tree,” said Cody Verderame.

Cody Verderame works for a construction company along Glenbrook Road in Clinton. The wind brought down a large tree limb overnight, blocking the entire entrance.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get to the work truck and make it to the sight today,” said Verderame.

Eventually he did. Workers removed the tree, clearing a path in and out.

Scenes like these happened across the state. Trees toppled, bringing down power lines, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people.

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In Middletown, along Ballfall Road, the lines were smoking because of downed limbs.

Similar scenes in Haddam and Woodbridge as well, creating a mess and shutting down dozens of streets.

“Yeah that was a severe storm that hit us last night, hit us pretty hard with gusts up to 80 miles an hour,” said Gov. Ned Lamont, (D) Connecticut.

Governor Lamont and state officials were addressing another major issue Friday morning, train service.

“We found out that we lost all the tracks in West Haven with trees coming down taking out both signal power and electrical power,” said Commissioner Joseph Giulietti, CT Department Of Transportation.

That halted all trains between New Haven and Westport, and the Waterbury Line for Metro-North. Amtrak was also feeling the affects. Those problems have since been resolved.

“My phone lights up every time DOT is trimming those trees along the highway, every time Eversource is cutting back trees from the power lines. I think you understand now why they do it and why it’s important to prevent issues like this moving forward,” said Giulietti.

Below, you can see a breakdown of road closures across the state:

Clinton

  • Around 2,300 without power
  • Liberty Street between Long Hill and Partridge
  • Airline Road between Walkley Mill and Kenilworth
  • Cow Hill Road between Sassafras and Old Orchard

East Lyme

  • Use caution in the area of 127 Black Point Road for clearing of downed tree
  • Use caution in the area of Edge Hill Road and Parkview Drive for tree and primary power lines down.
  • Chesterfield Road between Mostowy Roads
  • Mostowy Road
  • South Beechwood Road at Lee Farm Road
  • Legendary Road at #14
  • Society Road at Riverview Road

East Windsor

  • Winkler Road is closed between North Road and Borrup Road due to a tree in the roadway and wires down The area is currently without power.
  • Power is out on Old Ellington Road and the road is closed with wires and a tree down.
  • Newberry Road is closed between Thompson Road and the entrance to Walmart due to a low hanging wire.
  • Route 5 is closed between South Water Street and Tromley Road for a large tree hanging on wires over the roadway

Farmington

  • River Road between Burlington Road and Hemlock Notch
  • Meadow Road between Red Oak Hill and Garden Street
  • Mountain Spring Road between Farmington Avenue and Talcott Notch Road

Greenwich

  • North Street closed near South Stanwich Road

Guilford

  • Crestwood Drive is closed at Jefferson for tree and wires
  • 39 Church Street is closed for tree and wires
  • 91 Three Mike Course is closed for tree and wires
  • Lake Drive is one lane in three areas

Plainfield

  • Parent Hill Road in Moosup is closed

Simsbury

  • Bushy Hill Road at Bushy Hill Lane closed due to downed debris

West Hartford

  • State Route 4 remains closed between Gin Still Lane and Reservoir Avenue in West Hartford

Westport

  • Newtown Turnpike at Crawford Road
  • Railroad Place at RR underpass
  • Beachside Avenue at Sasco Creek
  • Weston Road at Daybreak Lane
  • Bayberry Lane at Weston Town Line

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