Storm wreaks havoc on homes in northeast Connecticut

MANSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)–Sunday night’s storms left a path of destruction across northern and eastern Connecticut.

A downed tree on Cisar Road on the Mansfield-Willington town line took down a telephone cable in resident Sam J. Gordon’s front yard while another tree across the street knocked out power to a nearby neighborhood.

“We had a heavy downpour for a few minutes. That’s all it took,” Gordon told News 8.

The storm hit that area just after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“I thought it was hail at first. But it looked like the rain was coming down so hard it was actually going sideways in some areas. It was really kind of neat to look at it that way but it was coming down real hard like a monsoon type rain.” said Mansfield resident Jason Haberman.

Haberman said that the storm would lighten up a little but then pick up again. “There’s thunder and lightning probably for a good couple of hours in between that. It was a pretty intense storm,” he added.

Lightning also wreaked havoc at a home on Prospect Street in Enfield. News8 has learned the attic was struck starting a fire in the house. The American Red Cross reports seven people from two families including two children needed help.

The Enfield fire department told News 8 that two people were transported to the hospital one suffering a broken leg. CL&P had to disconnect power and that house is now condemned.

Also in Enfield, a tree hit a house on Crescent Beach Drive. Wires were also knocked down. News8 was told that the home is now uninhabitable. The family of four is being helped by the American Red Cross.

Folks in Mansfield may be a bit luckier. The fallen trees took down wires but they didn’t hit homes.

“The stuff in the refrigerator will be okay, the stuff in the freezer’s probably good for two or three days, just an annoyance, want to go home and take a shower,” said Howard Raphaelson, who was out of power since Sunday night.

Another tree fell on Route 195 near Route 44, interrupting the Monday morning commute at that busy intersection.

The tree was removed from the road by mid-morning.

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