Thursday, January 19, 2006

it was warm yesterday, but man oh man those winds!

a huge tree came down in my neighborhood. luckily it came down on someone's driveway between two houses, and no cars were there. looks like both houses are ok as well. i didn't take too close of a look - there were fire department people about. loads of debris and large branches on the roads yesterday and this morning. be careful out there!

Wind, Rain Leave State Reeling 100,000 Customers Lose Power In Storm
By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY Courant Staff Writer January 19 2006
A violent storm accompanied by record rainfall and wind gusts reaching 69 mph toppled trees and utility poles across Connecticut Wednesday, putting much of the state in the dark.Across the state, students were sent home early from darkened classrooms, and fallen trees, branches and poles blocked local roads. High winds buffeted cars and even nudged 18-wheelers out of the driving lanes.Storm-related power outages affected more than 100,000 homes, businesses and schools. It could take several days for power to be fully restored, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. "There are outages in every community throughout the state, all 169 towns," Rell said during a press conference Wednesday evening at the emergency operations center in the State Armory. Utility officials called it the most extensive power loss since August 2003, when problems with a power grid in Ohio caused a huge blackout in the Northeast that affected about 275,000 Connecticut customers.By late Wednesday fewer than 60,000 customers of Connecticut Light & Power, which serves most of Connecticut, and United Illuminating Co., which serves customers around Bridgeport and New Haven, were still without electrical power.One storm-related injury was reported Wednesday. In Greenwich, a woman was taken to Stamford Hospital after a tree fell on her car, police spokesman Lt. Daniel Allen said.In Hartford, windows were blown out of at least two office buildings - ING on Farmington Avenue and a vacant building on Myrtle Street. The wind also damaged the roof of an elementary school and flipped newspaper boxes and planters.........

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