Windy days like Tuesday can be dangerous

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) –At Muddy Waters Cafe, there is a small pile of umbrellas on the back deck and owner Barry Neistat just added another one.

“This will become our umbrella graveyard,” Neistat said.

The umbrellas at the downtown New London cafe take a beating when it gets windy. So on a day like Tuesday, they stay closed.

“If I put the umbrellas up now if we waited ten or fifteen minutes we would see an umbrella lift,” said Neistat. “They lift and then they start going. I’ve seen it.”

That can cause more damage than just a broken umbrella. The worst of the wind happened last month when a tree fell onto a car in New London, killing the driver. Andrew Sligar was in the back seat.

“I didn’t know what had happened. I had just seen wood chips in the car. I seen water everywhere from the rain,” said Sligar.

He of all people knows how dangerous falling trees can be.

“I think more about him,” said Sligar. “I thank god that I”m still here today.”

On Tuesday in Preston and Sterling, downed trees closed roads and caused power outages.

News 8 also saw crews doing tree maintenance work to prevent other outages and when the wind picked up the boom truck was lowered to keep workers safe.

Back in New London on the usually calm Thames River, waves crashed and white caps could be seen among bobbing sailboats with gray skies looming behind them. It was almost as eerie as a nearby wind blown Halloween scene.

It’s all too real a fear though for Sligar, who says windy days like this make him very nervous now.

“When I hear acorns fall I’ll look around, I’ll think about it,” said Sligar. “When it starts to get real windy with the leaves, that’s another thing I remember from being in the car, seeing the wind and hearing the wind.”

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