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Storm downs trees, causes power outages Wednesday

Southeastern Connecticut saw a smattering of downed trees and power lines due to a storm Wednesday morning, causing some losses of power.

Western Connecticut State University Meteorologist Gary Lessor said the New London County area dealt with mid-40 mph winds, with New London reporting a 52-mph gust and Groton-New London Airport reporting a 48-mph gust.

Strong winds lasted from about 5 to 8:30 a.m. in the area Wednesday. For rain, Lessor said the region got off easy compared to the rest of the state. Oakdale and Norwich had the highest accumulation of rain, at 0.85 inch. Niantic had 0.59 inch, Uncasville, 0.52 inch, and New London, 0.27 inch.

“A rapidly intensifying low-pressure system swept through Connecticut during the early morning hours,” Lessor said. “For a while, I’m sure for many, it brought back memories of tropical storm Isaias, but obviously it wasn’t nearly to that magnitude.”

In East Lyme, a tree went down on Upper Pattagansett Road, temporarily closing the road and bringing some wires down with it. According to East Lyme police, the road was cleared by 9 a.m.

The Oakdale Fire Department responded to Vermont Drive on a wire burning call between 6 and 7 a.m. Wednesday, which was cleared quickly, according to the department.

Stonington also had a tree come down about 7:30 a.m. on Pequot Trail. According to Stonington police, the tree uprooted and fell on wires but didn’t break through, resting on a telephone pole.

A tree came down on Louise Street, a small side street in Waterford, causing downed lines about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Chris Riley of Norwich Public Utilities said the city had two small outages Wednesday. One, which took place between 6:15 and 9:45 a.m. on Mohegan Park Road, affected about 100 customers. The other lasted longer.

“A bigger issue: At 7:40 this morning on Starr Street over by East Great Plains, a tree came down, it broke a pole, and we had to replace the pole,” Riley said. “It was only about 34 customers, but we didn’t have the lights back on for everybody until about a quarter to 4.”

No major problems were reported in Old Lyme, New London, Montville or Groton.

As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, fewer than five Eversource customers in the region were affected with outages. Eversource spokesperson Mitch Gross said the company restored power to more than 52,000 customers across the state since the storm began.

s.spinella@theday.com

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