Cleaning up after late night storm

Tree crashes into porch of home in Waterbury, July 8, 2014. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Some folks in Waterbury and other cities and towns have a lot of cleaning up to do after Monday night’s storms.

Trees were knocked down in parts of the city, and in at least one neighborhood crashed into a house. The storm left some residents in shock.

“The wind was so bad I thought it was a train coming through and so I was so scared,” said Agnes Lates.

Trees fell down on homes and cars. Hundreds of people were left without power.

Lester Simpson was home alone when the storm blew through his neighborhood on Orange Street. Simpson woke up this morning without electricity after a massive tree fell on the front porch, crushing the wood frame and fence.

“I heard first a snap and then a Big Bang I thought it was a truck that hit the fence or something.” Simpson said. “I looked outside and I saw the tree going across the roof.”

Seconds later Simpson says a tree in his backyard came tumbling down, “after a while I heard another pop and in the back another tree fell down.”

Downed tree in Waterbury, July 8, 2014.
Downed tree in Waterbury, July 8, 2014.

The strong storm left behind a big mess in a handful of neighborhoods like these snapped off tree branches on Banks Street. A home on Heritage drive was hit hard by the storm, the tree fell on two cars and took down power lines. Residents say it was a frightening storm.

“It was very scary, I figured it was like a hurricane coming or a tornado that’s how bad it was” said Lates.

Power crews have been busy overnight restoring electricity to customers. At its worst, about four thousand customers across the state didn’t have power. As of 11:30 a.m., that number was down to 431.

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