(WTNH) — Wednesday’s powerful storms left many homeowners with a lot of cleaning up and repairing to do. News8 found trees down on wires, trees down on cars, and trees down on houses.
A tree fell on a house on Wells Street in Manchester, crashing through the roof and causing other problems, too. Clint Tompkins called some friends to help him get the giant oak tree off his house. He was home when it happened, and first thought it hit the driveway.
“When it burst through I thought, ‘Well, there’s goes the car,'” Tompkins said. “Unfortunately it was the house instead.”
Right through the roof of the house, and remember, it was also pouring rain.
“I ran upstairs to the attic and stuck big toters underneath the water holes to try to slow down the water getting in the house,” said Tompkins.
A few blocks away, another tree landed on a house, taking plenty of power lines with it. Just blocks from there, a tree landed on top of a young woman’s car. It ripped the siding off the house, too. It was not just Manchester, either.
From Wethersfield to Glastonbury to Manchester the north eastern part of the state experienced tornado warnings, and flash flooding.
“It started pouring and I mean all of a sudden this wind just kicked up and the barrels were flying all over the place,” said Wethersfield resident Joe Pappalardo.
That was on Hurtburt Road in Wethersfield where an oak tree split in half. The half that fell came down right on the peak of a house’s roof. The folks there were eating dinner at the time. They’re part of Joe’s family.
“I came down and I says, ‘Oh my God,’ and that’s when I went over and the kids were crying and everything,” Pappalardo said.
News 8 talked to Wethersfield Fire Chief Mark Maher about it, and he says they got lucky. They have some down power lines they have some trees and two houses, but overall it could have been a lot worse, the hard part, was responding to all of the emergency calls.
“There was a lot of heavy rain, some areas where the streets are partially flooded, but fortunately everybody made it through, and everybody is safe, that is the important thing,” Chief Maher said.
And despite the wind the rain the tornado warnings, firefighters say so far in there but no reports of any major injuries.
Whether or not this was a tornado, everybody here remembers the last tornado that struck here decades ago.
The Manchester Fire Department responded to over 40 calls for service during the storms throughout the afternoon, including to Elm Street where several drivers were stranded from flooding.
There were over 4,000 Eversource customers in Manchester, Salem, and Windham that experienced outages.
There were around 40 UI customers in Shelton who experienced outages at one time.
He and his housemates are fine, but the damage to the house in Manchester will keep Clint Tompkins busy for the rest of the day.
“Oh yeah. At least,” said Tompskins. “Maybe more.”
One more thing you might not think about with a downed tree, the gas line to Clint’s house went right through the root ball of the tree. Once the tree got uprooted, it severed the gas line as well. The gas company came and capped it, but that gas line will have to be repaired and reconnected to the main as part of the storm repairs.
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News 8 will update this story as more information comes in.