Utility poles are toppled in Southington by high winds

Published on Monday, 25 February 2019 20:30
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

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SOUTHINGTON - High winds brought down utility poles and caused power outages in Southington Monday.

Sgt. Jeff Dobratz of the Southington Police Department said that two poles went down, one on Farmstead Road at 11:55 a.m. and the other on Maxwell Noble Drive at 1:30 p.m. In both cases, Dobratz said that the falling poles took out trees and power lines and crews from the police department, fire department and Eversource were sent out to clear them.

“For the Farmstead Road incident, the road was barricaded and there were a couple power outages reported at homes on Hightower Road,” Dobratz said.

Later, at 4:10 p.m., police called in a report of wires down around the intersection of Beechwood Drive and Meriden Ave. No injuries were reported.

WFSB issued a high wind warning for Monday. Meteorologist Mark Dixon said that wind damage was possible, including power outages. Dixon explained that the wind developed behind a cold front and cleared out Sunday’s fog and rain.

“Wind will be the biggest issue as gusts could exceed 50 miles per hour,” said Dixon.

According to WFSB, Eversource reported 9,495 customers without power at 12:45 p.m., most of which were in East Lyme and Woodstock. United Illuminating reported 1,615 outages statewide.

According to Eversource’s outage map, there were 202 power outages in Southington and 43 in Plainville.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 25 February 2019 20:30. Updated: Monday, 25 February 2019 20:33.