NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As thunderstorms moved across Connecticut Tuesday afternoon, lightning, downed trees, and outages were widely reported.
There were Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings for the entire state Tuesday night; the warnings from National Weather Service included high winds and heavy rain.
As part of their thunderstorm preparations, United Illuminating offered tips in the event of an outage. Some of their tips include charging your phone and other electronics in case the power goes out, making sure your cars and generators are gassed up, and being extra cautious about flooded areas in your home; there may be a live wire near it that would charge the water.
Damage in Enfield
In Enfield, Police have confirmed to News 8 a tree has fallen into a house on 29 Belle Avenue.
We’re told everyone made it out safely; neighbors say this is the second time a free has fallen on this home in the last year.
In a video obtained by News 8, you can see electrical wires above the home smoking. A building inspector was the one who evacuated everyone, encouraging people to get away from the area.
WEB EXTRA: News 8 photographer Ron Kauffman caught flashes of lightning in Enfield around 5 p.m.
The road is blocked off and the fire department is monitoring the situation.
One neighbor told News 8, “Once I got home, there was more smoking coming from the lines and maybe some sparks from some of the poles,” said Alex Sodekson. “We know just to stay inside and it was fine.”
Reports of storm damage have been popping up all over town. Police say the Pearl Street Library appears to have been struck by lightning; the fire department has responded. Also, Taylor Road is closed at number 355 due to a tree down in the roadway; crews are out there now.
Damage in Bristol
In Bristol, the city was hit hard by the storm with over 3,000 power outages. Eversource crews are all over the city working to get the power back on.
A tree is down across the road on South Street blocking a driveway and one side of the road.
On West Street, tree limbs slumped over power lines. Neighbors described what led up to the damage.
David Reynolds recounted, “We looked out the window and we heard the thunder and lightning. But all of a sudden, the wind started whipping like you wouldn’t believe. The rain was coming in sideways. The trees were bending like I’ve never seen them before…So yeah, it was pretty scary for a while. And then when we went out to look at the damage, a lot of limbs down and – as you can see – a huge limb over the power lines.”
And on Winthrop Street, a big tree limb came down onto a house. Thankfully no reports of injuries.
Damage in Farmington
In Farmington, the high winds brought a tree down onto Evette Murtha’s home. See more in the video below.
Damage in Tolland
In Tolland, Peter Green is closed in the area of the 200 block due to primary wires down in the road. Emergency officials encourage drivers to avoid the area.
Stay tuned to WTNH.com for the latest storm outage and damage updates as they become available.