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UPDATED: Rain, high winds cause power outages locally

Published November 27. 2013 6:00AM   Updated November 27. 2013 12:47PM

Power is being restored to many towns across southeastern Connecticut as a large storm system moves across the state.

Connecticut Light & Power is reporting statewide that  935 of its customers are in the dark.

A tree limb fell on three primary power lines in the area of 166 Moxley Road in Montville, leaving at its peak 2,484 customers without power. That number has been reduced to 3.

A reported transformer explosion in the south end of New London left 937 customers in the dark. Power has since been restored.

The National Weather Service had issued a wind advisory until 10 a.m. this morning. A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or wind gusts of 46 to 57 mph occur.

Sleet and rain arrived in the region Tuesday afternoon, but the heaviest rain was after midnight and will continue through the morning commute. At the peak of the storm, wind gusts reached over 40 mph.

Bill Deger, AccuWeather.com meteorologist, said the coastal storm is expected to leave the area by later this evening. He said the storm will leave a much needed 2 to 2 1/2 inches of rain.

Deger said temperatures this morning are in the 60s but will drastically drop this afternoon to around 40 degrees as a cold front enters the region. By night time, the temperatures will hover around the freezing mark and will not improve for Thanksgiving.

“I would urge motorist to use caution as standing water on bridges and roadways could freeze,” he said.

CL&P is also reporting that there are 144 customers in Preston without power and another 179 in Ledyard.  Minor outages were also reported in Groton and North Stonington.

State and local police are not reporting any flooding at this time. A tree was blocking the eastbound lane of traffic at the intersection of Routes 184 and 117 in Groton Town. A tree was also blocking the area of 60 South Second Ave. in Norwich. Downed wires were reported on Pumpkin Hill Road in Ledyard.

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