Severe thunderstorms bring tornado warnings, power outages, storm damage throughout CT

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Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut saw severe thunderstorms and historic tornado touchdowns on Saturday.

Residents saw increasing rounds of showers or storms, thunder, gusty winds, and small hail during the afternoon and into the evening Saturday.

A tornado warning has been issued in Windham County as the storm travels over the ST state line and moves into Rhode Island. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in the counties of Windham, Worcester, Providence, and Kent.

Sunday, it was reported four tornados had touched down in the state over the weekend.

State Police reported several calls of trees down in Old Lyme. Neighbors there told us the wind was a big problem over the weekend.

One man said a bunch of trees were knocked down on his property: “I got home from work and the storm was blasting. I was standing in my window and we could hear the hail. The storm was blowing and I said to my wife ‘we lost a limb, no we lost a tree, no we didn’t lose one tree, we lost a bunch of trees.'”

There was also a small fire at his house when he started his woodstove after losing power. Crews couldn’t get a fire truck to his house because of the trees blocking the road. Firefighters ran to his house; they were able to use water in his greenhouse to put out the flames.

East Lyme Public Safety reported East Pattagansett Rd. between Bush Hill Dr and Flanders Rd. is closed due to power lines down across the roadway.

East Lyme Public Safety said access to Bush Hill is open from the south end of East Pattagansett Rd.

East Lyme Public Safety also says the fire department is responding to 28 Grassy Hill Ave for trees and wires down in the roadway.

As of 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Eversource reported over 5,400 CT power outages. United Illuminating reported over 120 outages.

Keep up to date at WTNH.com and the News 8 app for the latest weather updates.

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