Downed power lines close Route 7

The News-Times - - NEWS - By Dirk Per­refort

RIDGE­FIELD — Winds from Hur­ri­cane Michael that caused power out­ages and traf­fic de­lays Fri­day will make way for a calmer — but colder — week­end.

Gusts as high as 25 miles per hour swept through the area Fri­day morn­ing, tak­ing down trees and power lines. More than 1,000 Ever­source cus­tomers were with­out power in the Dan­bury area as crews worked to re­store ser­vices.

Route 7 just north of Branchville was closed for most of the day, which caused lo­cal traf­fic jams and headaches for com­muters. Po­lice said the strong winds took down sev­eral trees and a util­ity pole that held wires and three trans­form­ers. The out­ages af­fected area schools. While Branchville El­e­men­tary School in Ridge­field was op­er­at­ing Fri­day morn­ing with lim­ited power, school of­fi­cials de­cided to ini­ti­ate an emer­gency early dis­missal around noon when the build­ing lost wa­ter pres­sure.

Sev­eral schools in Bethel also lost power for more than an hour Fri­day morn­ing. Of­fi­cials dis­missed stu­dents early from Bethel High School, which also lost its emer­gency backup sys­tem, and af­ter­noon Cir­cle of Friends classes at Berry El­e­men­tary School were can­celed.

Paul Slaski, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Con­necti­cut Weather Cen­ter, said the winds were caused by the rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Michael as it made its way into the At­lantic Ocean, com­bin­ing with a cold front that moved into the area Fri­day morn­ing.

The cold front will re­sult in un­sea­son­ably colder tem­per­a­tures dur­ing the week­end with highs reach­ing into the 50s on Satur­day and a chance of rain in the morn­ing.

The clouds are ex­pected to clear up later Satur­day and tem­per­a­tures will in­crease slightly on Sun­day.

“It looks like Sun­day will prob­a­bly be the nicer day of the week­end,” Slaski said, not­ing that av­er­age tem­per­a­tures this time of year are around 65 de­grees.

Carol Kaliff / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

A util­ity pole hold­ing sev­eral wires and three trans­form­ers snapped off and lodged it­self in the mid­dle of Route 7 just north of Branchville on Fri­day morn­ing. The road ws closed for hours.

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