Downed power lines close Route 7
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.
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.