Windy storm downs trees, causes power outages

Published on Friday, 2 March 2018 19:47
Written by LISA BACKUS


As the winds continued to howl Friday, area police reported downed wires and tree limbs and spotty power outages.

In Central Connecticut Bristol was being hit the hardest with 30 percent of its 29,000 Eversource customers without power as of 2:30 p.m. Plainville had 584 customers without power as of 2:30 p.m. and Berlin had 125 without power.

New Britain had few outages according to Eversource but police were dealing with wires and tree limbs across several roads, Chief James Wardwell said. “We’ve already dealt with several throughout the city and they are still coming in,” Wardwell said.

None of the incidents were serious, he said. Officers were stationed on streets with trees or wires down until the city’s Public Works Department and Eversource could correct the problems, he said.

Berlin police reported few issues other than limbs and wires in the road, Deputy Chief Christopher Ciuci said. “We have some branches in the road, but mostly it’s limbs on power lines that are causing the problem,” Ciuci said.

The powerful storm buffeting the Northeast caused higher than normal seas and high winds that knocked out power in several areas of the state. The storm is expected to subside by Saturday morning, according to WFSB-TV meteorologist Mark Dixon.

“The gusts there (on the shoreline) have been clocked at between 55 and 65 mph,” Dixon said. “The wind is still going to be a factor through the afternoon and it could get a little stronger.”

Temperatures were holding steady just above the freezing mark in northwest Connecticut, where the storm brought wet snow in addition to rain, Dixon said.

Dixon said parts of Massachusetts appear to be getting the worst of the storm.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, , New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington Herald on Friday, 2 March 2018 19:47. Updated: Friday, 2 March 2018 19:50.