Although the NWS still has yet to confirm a tornado touched down in Connecticut, we think one did.  Or several.

At the peak of yesterday’s storm, over 130,000 people lost power.  As of this afternoon, that number dropped to just over 91,000. Still, the state has a long way to go before it makes a complete recovery.

Currently, Eversource and United Illuminating have yet to come forward with a date when they expect full power restoration.  As of right now, it could be weeks.  Winds gusting upwards of 80mph ripped up perfectly healthy trees and littered the roads.

Homes sustained severe damage, as well as numerous cars, too.  Unfortunately, two people died due to yesterday’s storms.

a 41-year-old woman died in New Milford when a tree came down on the top of her car.  A man in the Candlewood Lake area also died when a tree fell on the truck he took shelter in.

Authorities have yet to reveal their identities.  They say the body count could go up as recovery efforts continue and responders open up roads.

Because of the severity of the storm, Brookfield declared a “town disaster.” The town continues to investigate the extent of the damage.  Nearly all their roads remain closed due to downed trees and wires.

That said, Trooper First Class Kelly Grant pleaded with residents to steer clear of all downed wires.  She says residents should treat all wires as “live,” and to definitely not cut away at trees that are tangled up in wires.  She says that while the power may be off, those lines could still hold juice and could possibly electrocute you.

As for downed trees, police say don’t reach for the chainsaws just yet.  People should make absolute certain the branches are not tangled up in electric wires.

And because so many trees did fall on power lines, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton suspects it could take more than just days to fully clean up the mess.  He says it could take weeks.

He explained on Chaz and AJ that the city cannot begin clearing away a tree if it did fall on power lines.  City officials must wait on Eversource and UI to cut power to the grid first.  And since both utilities are somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of cleanup they have to do, they might not be able to get to the tree right away.

So, if you are without power, it’s advised that you check on your elderly and vulnerable neighbors and family members.  If you haven’t called in your outage, do so and don’t just assume a neighbor did the deed for you.

Both utilities might be able to provide you with an estimate on when your power will return, but it’s not necessarily accurate since they’re still surveying the damage.

And, boy, the state took a LOT of damage.

With the majority of Americans armed with smartphones, photos poured in from all around the state about yesterday’s damage.

However, some photos were absolutely jaw dropping. This goes for several videos sent in, too.

On top of the possible tornado, residents also reported ball-sized hail that battered their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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