Af­ter Storm, Wind, Flood Alert

Ou­tages Hit Thou­sands; Con­necti­cut River To Crest Sun­day

Hartford Courant (Sunday) - - Connecticut - By NI­CHOLAS RONDINONE and MIKAELA PORTER nrondi­none@courant.com

Strong winds fol­lowed tor­ren­tial rain on Satur­day, knock­ing down trees and limbs and cut­ting power to thou­sands of peo­ple across the state. Af­ter the threat of wind, fore­cast­ers are warn­ing of po­ten­tial flood­ing Sun­day along the Con­necti­cut River.

A fall­ing tree re­port­edly hit a car in New­ing­ton on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Emer­gency crews ex­tri­cated one per­son from the car, while the other was able to get out, po­lice said. One per­son was taken to the hospi­tal.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued a flood warn­ing for the Con­necti­cut River at En­field and the Farm­ing­ton River at Sims­bury, say­ing the rivers will reach flood stage late Satur­day night and crest early Sun­day morn­ing be­fore drop­ping back be­low flood stage late Sun­day. The warn­ing for the Farm­ing­ton River was can- celed Satur­day night.

Ever­source re­ported more than 8,000 peo­ple with­out power statewide at its peak Satur­day; more than 1,300 cus­tomers lost power in Montville alone. The ou­tages be­gan to drop by late in the evening, fall­ing be­low 1,000 by 11 p.m.

Of­fi­cials in Montville, where more than 1,000 peo­ple lost power dur­ing the day, said that a num­ber of trees had fallen, knock­ing down power lines. Al­most all power in town was re­stored by 11 p.m.

The weather ser­vice is­sued its wind ad­vi­sory alert early Satur­day, warn­ing that gusts would con­tinue into the evening. “Dam­ag­ing winds will blow down trees and power lines,” the alert said. “Travel will be dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially for high pro­file ve­hi­cles.”

Gary Les­sor, chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist at the West­ern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity Weather Cen­ter, said rain­fall to­tals were as high as 3.12 inches in Stafford Springs, 2.93 inches in Bloom­field, 2.92 inches in East Granby and 2.91 inches in West Hart­ford. The wind gusted to 47 mph at Light­house Point in New Haven, 46 mph in Gro­ton, 45 mph in Bridge­port and 40 mph at Bradley In­ter­na­tional Air­port, he said.

“Over the past 24 hours, 2 to 4 inches have fallen in the up­per por­tions of the Con­necti­cut river basin and will con­tinue to flow down­stream over the next 24 hours,” the weather ser­vice said. “This will lead to a grad­ual rise in the Con­necti­cut River dur­ing this pe­riod.”

At 10:31 a.m. Satur­day, the north branch of the Park River in Hart­ford saw mi­nor flood­ing, but dropped be­low flood stage over the next few hours.

Sun­day should be sunny, with a high in the lower 50s, Les­sor said, but clear weather will give way to storms again from Mon­day through to Wed­nes­day.

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