HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — (UPDATED 6:45 p.m. Wednesday) Power is returning for many about 24 hours after Connecticut was hit with a powerful batch of storms Tuesday night.
At this hour, CL&P is reporting 1,385 customers without power — less than one percent of its customer base. UI says it has no current outages.
A storm that brought lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds to Connecticut has caused thousands of power outages. There’s a reported 3,383 outages being reported by CL&P as of noon.
Roughly 15% of customers in New Milford are still without power and another 7% in Southbury are still experiencing outages.
And the damage remains widespread. People are starting to assess the damage to their homes and property as crews work to restore power and clear roads blocked by branches.
The clean up is underway in New Milford after the powerful storm left a path of destruction.
“Unbelievable. I have never lived through a storm like that,” said Jean Lord.
Jean Lord knows first hand the damage left behind. Several large trees in her yard were completely destroyed.
“When the rain stopped, I looked out and I was dumb founded. I couldn’t believe it,” said Lord.
Many people didn’t realize how many trees came down during the storm since they were unable to see outside because of the heavy rain.
“I was trying to look out the front window I couldn’t see out at all then I heard a loud noise. I grabbed my daughter and then we went to the basement until it was safe,” said Mark Rosato, New Milford.
Crews have been busy cutting down trees and branches that toppled power lines and blocked roads. All while utility crews worked to restore power to the thousands of customers who were in the dark.
Meanwhile, homeowners like Jean Lord are left with the task and price tag of getting their yards cleaned up.
“I haven’t even gone there yet. I have to get through today and have someone come and give me an idea of what it’s going to be,” said Lord.
In a Tweet from earlier today, the utility expected power to be restored before noon.
Crews continue to work to restore power, all customers should be back on ~11:00am-report outages at http://t.co/TUg06SB1hu or 1-800-286-2000
— CL&P (@CTLightandPower) May 28, 2014
Earlier more than 6,000 customers had no power.
United Illuminating has no outages.
The Pomperaug Region 15 School District, which includes Southbury and Middlebury, has canceled classes on Wednesday because of power outages and potentially unsafe road conditions.
New Milford schools also closed for the day.