Bristol area escapes wind storm without major power outages as thousands across the state report power losses

Published on Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:45
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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BRISTOL - Thousands around the state were left without power Thursday morning following rain and high winds overnight and into the morning hours, but power loss in the Bristol area appeared relatively minor compared to other parts of the state.

In the late morning, Eversource reported more than 36,000 power outages across Connecticut. By about 4:30 p.m., that number was down to around 30,000.

In the late afternoon hours, Bristol accounted for 19 outages affecting 99 customers. Southington had reported four outages around the same time, affecting 36 customers, and Plymouth had eight outages, affecting 36 customers.

At one point during the afternoon, Plainville had reported one outage that affected 81 customers, but that was resolved by about 4 p.m.

The storm that rolled through the area, known as a Bomb Cyclone, brought heavy rain and wind gusts over 50 miles per hour. Police departments in the area received numerous calls for service overnight and in the morning hours for reports of both trees and power lines down.

In Bristol, Route 72, in the area of Rockwell Park, was closed for a few hours in the late morning and early afternoon while state crews cut down two trees, one of which had started uprooting from the wind gusts and soft ground conditions. Areas of Woodard Drive, Fern Hill Road and Kenney Street were closed during parts of the day Thursday for storm-related issues, according to the police department’s Twitter account.

Bristol police did not respond to a request for comment for a total number of storm-related calls.

Southington police said they received five overnight and early morning reports of either trees or tree limbs down because of the storm. With the exception of one of the reports, the rest had been cleaned up by about 11 a.m., police said.

Plainville police in the afternoon said they had only received two storm-related calls. One involved a tree that fell down on Red Stone Hill, blocking a portion of the road, and the other was the report of a tree branch that fell down on the Linden Street School grounds. Town crews had both scenes cleaned up by the early afternoon.

Plymouth police said they received 18 calls for service involving trees or wires that came down. These were handled by firefighters, public works crews and utility companies, police said.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:45. Updated: Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:47.