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Damaging winds take down trees, utility wires causing power problems

Utility crews continue working to restore power across Connecticut in the wake of the overnight storms and strong winds that brought down power lines and caused other damage. Utilities report more than 78,000 customers in the state without power this morning. There have been no immediate reports of serious injuries in the storms.


Eversource Energy spokesman Mitch Gross says they had more than 11,000 reports of locations with power problems.  Their crews were out last night, continue work today and could be working straight through this evening too. 


As of 8:30am Thursday, Eversource was reporting 3,500 outages in Danbury, 900 each in Newtown and Ridgefield, 625 in Bethel and about 400 outages each in Kent, Monroe, New Milford, Redding and Wilton.  In New Fairfield there are 300 homes without power.  32 percent of the town of Washington is in the dark.  Gross is reminding people to be careful around fallen trees and branches as there can be power wires tangled with them.  Never approach a downed wire as it can be live or may be touching another live wire.


Danbury Police placed stop signs at some intersections in the CityCenter area due to traffic light outages.


Easton Police say there were several major roads closed because of fallen trees and utility lines including Adams Road Northbound on Rt 59 to the intersection with 136.


In Brookfield, Candlewood Lake Road was closed between Pleasant Rise and North Pleasant Rise due to a down tree and power line. 


The Bethel Emergency Management Office finished surveying roads with the Department of Public Works.  They urged drivers to use caution this morning due to small branches/tree limbs in roadways.  Among the problem spots in Bethel are Walnut Hill Road and Routes 58 and 302.


Newtown officials reported a number of road closures at of 8:30am Thursday.  They include Mt. Pleasant Rd – between Old Rd/Diamond Dr., Old Hawleyville Rd, Poverty Hollow/Morris Rd and Head O’ Meadow among others.


Several area police departments are reminding drivers not to cross barricades or yellow caution tapes, as they are there for safety reasons.

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