BRISTOL - A Norâ€™easter slammed the city on Friday, leaving almost half of Bristol without power during the peak of the storm.
Local firefighters and police responded to more than a dozen reports of storm-related issues throughout the morning and early afternoon, with numerous trees either coming down across roadways or teetering on power lines.
At about 2:45 p.m., 42 percent of the city had no power, according to Mitch Gross, Eversource spokesperson. By 3 p.m., that number had come down to 12 percent and, by 4:25 p.m., was down to just five percent.
Gross did not immediately have details about what caused the severe outages.
Eversource crews and firefighters were busy in Bristol throughout the day, as trees came down on power lines on Old Farm Road, Queen Street and multiple other areas, with wind gusts being clocked at more than 40 mph. The tree on Queen Street snapped and landed on top of the lines over the nearby railroad tracks.
Additionally, there were reports of trees blocking the roadway on Vance Road, the entrance to West Cemetery and other locations throughout the city on Friday. There was also a report of a utility pole that went down on Richmond Place.
According to an outage map provided by Eversource, Bristol appeared to get hit the hardest in the state.
Plainville had 584 customers without power as of 2:30 p.m. and Berlin had 125 without power.
New Britain had few outages, according to Eversource, but police were dealing with wires and tree limbs across several roads, New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell said.
â€śWeâ€™ve already dealt with several throughout the city and they are still coming in,â€ť Wardwell said in the afternoon hours.
At 4:30 p.m. Friday, WFSB reported wires down on a school bus carrying children on Meriden Avenue in Southington. Eversource was called in to remove the wires before the children were taken off the bus. No injuries were reported.
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