Major gusts cause damage, wind advisory in place

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A wind advisory is in place for Windham, Tolland, and Hartford counties until 5 p.m. this evening.

Bradley International Airport has been dealing with major gusts. up to 58 miles per hour.

Hartford firefighters closed Branford Street and position trucks on each as a tree smolders next to a house. The wind blew it onto the power lines on knocking out electricity to several houses. Neighbors gather at a house as the lights flicker and then go out for good.

“My power is gone and hers is gone and what about you? Yeah I believe the whole street.”

As News8 was talking to neighbors, the power line explodes in a bright flash and sparks shower the air.

“Ooooooo my goodness! We need to be inside….. After that we better let you go so you can get inside, that happened right in front of my house!”

Firefighters say that is the perfect example of what police are warning about tonight. If you come across downed power lines or anything that looks suspicious, stay away from it.

Because even though the power is out in your house the lines can still be hot.

Dep. Chief Brian Foley of the Hartford PD says to stay away even she they look like they are dead.

“A downed tree is a dangerous situation, call it a report it as soon as possible.”

Accelerating gusts toppled this tree onto a roof top on Capin street, and police had to close Farmington avenue for more than an hour after a rotten trunk let go blocking traffic. At the height of the frenzy, more than 1600 people were without power, and it wasn’t limited to Hartford.

Believe it or not, there was a man driving this truck when a tree came down in Torrington. It smashed in the cab, and landed in the bed.

Police say he is lucky to be alive tonight and unharmed. And as the sun sets the wind slows, Dep. Chief Foley says the city of Hartford was able to recover pretty quickly.

“Everything has been cleared at this point there are no traffic delays, but it is still pretty windy and we will keep an eye on it all night.”

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