Heavy rains, strong winds hit Bristol area

Published on Friday, 21 December 2018 21:05


Heavy rains and high winds made for poor driving conditions Friday morning, causing several accidents and reports of trees or utility wires coming down.

The rain moved in early Friday and almost immediately made its presence known. In Southington at about 7 a.m., in the area of Berlin Street and Stonegate Road, a tree fell down because of the wet, soggy conditions, combined with the strong wind gusts. That tree came down onto a car. No injuries were reported, but the incident caused some traffic buildup as crews removed the tree.

Shortly before 1 p.m., Southington police received a report that a utility wire had come down across the roadway in the area of Victoria Drive and Sun Valley Drive, not far from Flanders Elementary School.

The rain-slicked roads made conditions dangerous for motorists. At about 12:42 p.m., Bristol police and firefighters responded to 64 Eastwood Road, where a Jeep Grand Cherokee left the road and crashed into a utility pole, snapping the pole. No injuries were reported.

The Jeep sustained heavy front end damage. Police and firefighters cordoned off the road until Eversource crews could respond and make repairs to the pole.

Not long before the Jeep crashed into the pole, Bristol police said, officers responded to a three-car crash on Route 6, when the rain was coming down heavily. No life-threatening injuries were reported.

A number of power outages were also reported across the state throughout the day, amid the treacherous conditions. The Bristol area escaped relatively unscathed, with only a small amount of outages. Shortly before 2 p.m., Eversource reported that fewer than five customers were without power in Southington and Bristol. Twelve were without power in Plymouth, while no outages were reported in Plainville at that time.

By 3 p.m., the number of outages in Bristol rose to 21, while Southington remained steady at fewer than five. No outages were reported in Plymouth or Plainville during the rest of the afternoon. Bristol’s power outages were resolved by 4 p.m.

Southington police also responded at about 2:06 p.m. to the area of 1144 Meriden Avenue, on the report of a car that crashed into a tree. No injuries were reported.

Multiple roads in the area saw some light flooding during the peak of the rainfall, and Plymouth police responded to at least one report of a tree that came down during the storm.

According to weather.gov, the forecast called for more rain Friday night and into Saturday morning. A wind advisory was expected to remain in effect for the area until 10 p.m. Friday, and a flood watch was issued until 1 a.m. Saturday.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News, Plainville, Southington Herald on Friday, 21 December 2018 21:05. Updated: Friday, 21 December 2018 21:07.