Gov. signs emergency order to help towns impacted by storm

HARTFORD — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he has signed an emergency order to help Connecticut's municipalities recover from recent storms.

The order signed Wednesday will give state agencies flexibility in helping towns slammed by Tuesday's storms.

The National Weather Service says a "macroburst" packing 100 mph winds caused extensive damage in southwestern Connecticut — not a tornado.

The storms were blamed for the deaths of two people whose vehicles were hit by trees in New Fairfield and Danbury.

The Brookfield area was hit by the macroburst, which is a downdraft that can cause tornado-like damage.

The storms downed scores of trees and power lines. Utilities reported about 83,600 power outages Wednesday afternoon, down from a high of more than 120,000.

Malloy says power restoration could take days in some areas.

 

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