Storm causes trees and power lines to fall across state – NBC Connecticut

Cities across the state are reporting damage from high winds that downed trees and power lines.

From 11:30 p.m., Eversource reported about 4,700 outages while United Illuminating had about 170 homes without power.

At one point Saturday night, there were more than 12,000 power outages statewide.

Electrical crews are working to clear the damage and restore power as quickly and safely as possible, Eversource said.

Wind gusts reached 50 mph in parts of the state on Saturday. In Bridgeport, there was a maximum wind gust of 56 mph. Similarly in Bristol, a wind gust of 51 mph was reported.

The New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department said it responded to multiple downed wires and fires.

“Please be alert when traversing the area. Often you will not see downed cables until you are right next to them,” the fire department said.

Guilford Police responded to a few incidents of trees on wires in town.

Wethersfield crews said they responded to a report of a downed tree at a home in Coppermill Road. The tree cut electrical service to the house and the utility company responded, they said.

Anyone losing power can report outages here.

Freezing conditions are present across much of the state overnight and into Sunday morning. Department of Transport officials are warning drivers to exercise caution, watch out for icy roads and give themselves extra travel time.

Pedestrians, runners and walkers should be careful crossing sidewalks and intersections, DOT officials said.

Transportation officials said they were also receiving reports of traffic lights losing power. In these cases, they remind drivers to remember the right-of-way rules:

  • When there are no traffic lights, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
  • When there is a flashing yellow light, proceed with caution.
  • When there is a flashing red light, treat it as a stop sign.

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