Strong winds knock out power to 85,000 in Conn.

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2013 at 11:58 am •  Published: January 31, 2013
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A rainstorm with some wind gusts hitting nearly 80 mph downed trees and power lines across Connecticut on Thursday morning, leaving more than 85,000 homes and businesses without power and causing school cancellations and delays. No serious injuries were reported.

Gusts were strongest along the shoreline. The wind hit 78 mph in Westbrook at about 5:20 a.m., and another gust in Madison was clocked at 73 mph at 5:25 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Utility crews worked through the morning and afternoon to restore power.

Connecticut Light & Power Co., which serves more than 1 million customers in the state, reported 46,325 remaining outages early Thursday afternoon, down from about 72,500 earlier in the day. The United Illuminating Co. had about 5,000 remaining outages, down from about 12,900.

Downed trees and power lines forced the closure of numerous roads and prompted school officials in many towns to cancel classes or delay openings. Some trees and limbs fell on a few homes and cars.

A home in Lebanon was heavily damaged by fire after a tree fell onto it during high winds. One resident home at the time was able to escape with his two dogs and two cats. Investigators are trying to determine if the fallen tree caused the fire.