Thousands without power in CT as storm brings damaging winds

On Friday, a weather system with rain and high winds knocked out power to thousands of utility customers across Connecticut.

The strong frontal system began moving through the region late Thursday evening and is expected to continue bringing strong winds and rain through Friday morning. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible in the southeast corner, while gusts of up to 55 are forecast for southwestern Connecticut.

Eversource and United Illuminating said they had crews ready to respond to the outages, which reached nearly 6,000 early Friday morning.

Eversource reported 5,405 customers without power, while United Illuminating reported 594 customers without power, most of which – 578 – were in Hamden.

In a special weather statement at 5:40 a.m., the National Weather Service said a narrow band of heavy rain and strong wind shifts — sudden changes in wind direction — would hit parts of County Fairfield and northwestern New Haven County until 7:15 a.m. Heavy rainfall with this band could cause flooding.

Rain is expected to continue throughout the day on Friday, with temperatures dropping from the mid-50s to around 35 degrees by nightfall, the weather service said. Wind chills will feel like 25 to 35 degrees. It will be breezy in the evening, with wind gusts up to 45 mph possible.

Saturday brings a chance of snow showers, mostly in the afternoon, with a high temperature of around 38 degrees, but wind chill values ​​will have it feeling closer to around 15-25 degrees. It will be breezy late morning into the afternoon, with wind gusts of up to 40 mph. At night, the temperature will drop to around 15 degrees.

Sunday promises to be sunny, with a high temperature close to 33 degrees. It will be light at night, as the temperature drops slightly to around 25 degrees.

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