TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — “You couldn’t see, basically couldn’t see out of the windshield it was like somebody was dumping buckets of water down on the car.”
Rich Pulford is the tow truck driver who worked right through the severe weather getting motorists back on the road between the thunder and lightning.
“I had a girl that I had a tow hook embedded into her windshield just smashed into it and luckily it didn’t go through the windshield she walked away unscathed so that was good,” Pulford said.
But at one point during the storm Pulford says the driving got so bad when the skies opened up he to pull over along with a lot of other drivers.
“It was like nothing, and then it got dark and then all of a sudden it was like a waterfall came down on top of us, I was trying to drive and everybody was pulling over you couldn’t see anything,” he explained.
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The wind is also a problem, in East Haven tearing a tree limb from limb and it came crashing down blocking the intersection. And while there was minor damage, the state of Connecticut escaped relatively unscathed. Rich Pulford says Connecticut dodged a bullet.
“Thank God there was nothing fatal and nobody got hurt.”
One thing Rich recommends, is when you have that much water on the roads in that little time, the drains can’t keep up and hydroplaning really becomes a problem. He recommend slowing down just a little bit to keep from skating off the road.