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Storm Wreaks Havoc in the Area

High winds and damaging rain cause power outages, close schools and delay buses.

Storm Wreaks Havoc in the Area

 

Wednesday night's storm brought with it damaging rain and winds, causing downed wires and trees throughout Haddam, East Haddam and Killingworth.

High winds and rain overnight knocked out power to nearly 65,000 CL&P customers throughout the state and more than 10,000 United Illuminating customers.

As of 6:30 a.m., according to CL&P's outage map, nearly 40% of Killingworth, 32% of East Haddam and 8% of Haddam were without power.

While most towns are experiencing outages affecting 10 percent or less of their populations, some are reporting outages of more than 40 percent, including Montville and Salem.

In East Hartford emergency crews are responding to a report of power lines that fell on a school bus full of children,  television station WFSB is reporting.

Winds began to pickup overnight, with gusts of more than 60 MPH reported in some areas,  according to the National Weather Service. The agency two days ago issued a high wind warning for Wednesday night into this morning and is still reporting that sustained winds of 40 MPH are occurring in many parts of the state and that gusts of up to 60 MPH are still possible through 9 a.m.

You can view CL&P's outage map here.

As of 7:30 a.m. today  United Illuminating was reporting that 10,333 of its customers were without power, including nearly 2,000 in North Branford and more than 570 in Hamden.

In East Haddam, schools were closed for the day due to the power outage in the Moodus section of town.

Haddam-Killingworth families were warned that their students might not be picked up, but still had school, according to the RSD17 school system.

From Regional School District 17's Facebook page: 

Due to downed trees and wires some buses serving Region 17 students may be delayed or unable to pick up students this morning. The bus company will be doing its best to pick up all students. Any child who is absent today due to storm conditions will be excused. We appreciate your patience.

Did you lose power? Tell us in the comments or upload a photo of storm damage you see around town.

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