High winds bring down trees, power lines across the state

(WTNH/George Deyounge)

(WTNH)– Several schools across the state are closed Friday, as a result of the storm. Others are dismissing students early because in many communities, trees and power lines have been brought down by the high winds.

The power of this wind, coupled with the drenching rain saturating the ground, brought down tree after tree across Connecticut.

Related: Power line falls on school bus in Southington

One of the most damaging was one on Lombard Street in New Haven, wrecking a car. A nearby red truck was not looking so good either. And this was not even the only one of these in New Haven.

Related: Fire crews on scene after tree falls on car in New Haven

Another tree came down on top of cars on Ridge Street, blocking that street for hours.

In Madison, an enormous pine tree did some damage along Route 1, coming down on the green. Utility crews were replacing a downed power pole as a result of that tree falling.

Eversource crews battled strong winds in Clinton, working 15 hour shifts to try and remove trees that fell on power lines.

Up in Salem at Buckley and Brainard Streets, a tree came down on power lines.

In Waterbury, North Walnut Street was closed when another tree brought down power lines.

Gary in Seymour said a tree fell 5 feet behind him as he walked down Day Street.

In Milford, winds knocked the bricks off of a wall of a building, as News 8’s Mario Boone reported.

“My initial thought is that a vehicle must have hit it, but there’s no marks on it,” said Don Burns. “The weather brought it down.”

While a tree in West Haven took down wires and blocked the street in front of Christine’s home. She’s concerned about safety.

Conditions along the shoreline in Westbrook were dicey, as high tide and heavy rains brought a lot of flooding.

Related: Downed wires closes Route 165 in Preston

For drivers’ safety, Connecticut State Police closed Route 165 in Preston for a couple hours while crews repaired utility lines brought down early Friday morning.

High winds blew off the corner of the roof of this this former Chinese restaurant on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden.

We’re not sure what caused this accident in New Haven, but tanker truck versus car tied up traffic on I-91 for a while.

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