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High Winds Cause Power Outages, Particularly in Lyme, and Delays

Gusts of up to 60 mph had been expected in some areas overnight. East Lyme schools were delayed by 2 hours this morning, and 12 percent of Lyme is still in the dark.

 

High winds and rain overnight knocked out power to nearly 65,000 CL&P customers throughout the state and more than 10,000 United Illuminating customers.

East Lyme School District delayed opening by two hours this morning because of inclement weather and cancelled morning kindergarten and preschool. CL&P customers lost power in East Lyme, Old Lyme, and Lyme. In Lyme, 165 CL&P customers are currently without power. That's about 12 percent of all CL&P customers in town. Old Lyme fared better, with just 18 people without power, and in East Lyme, only two CL&P customers don't have power at this point, according to CL&P.  

High winds across the state last night brought down trees and power lines. While most towns experienced outages affecting 10 percent or less of their populations, some were reporting outages of more than 40 percent, including Montville and Salem.

In East Hartford emergency crews were called to respond to a report of power lines that fell on a school bus full of children, television station WFSB reported.

Winds began to pickup overnight, with gusts of more than 60 MPH reported in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. The agency two days ago issued a high wind warning for Wednesday night into this morning and is still reporting that sustained winds of 40 MPH are occurring in many parts of the state.

You can view CL&P's outage map here.

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