Late summer storm puts hundreds in the dark

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Update, 10:50 p.m. Thursday: It looks like outage numbers are going down for both power companies as the storm moves out of the area. Thunder and lightning that boomed over Bridgeport has now given away to a drizzling rain.

Stamford is way down, to about 28 outages. Redding is down to 188 and New Milford 160. For UI, Milford is down to about 160 and a spokesman says most people who initially lost power there were shifted to other circuits. But a new incident has popped up just now with 274 outages in Fairfield. 

Hundreds of people throughout southwestern Connecticut are without power tonight as a line of storms churns through the state this evening.

The online outage map for United Illuminating shows the company’s highest outage numbers are in Milford, where 817 customers are in the dark, and Trumbull, where 110 customers are without power.

UI spokesman Ed Crowder said that the Milford outages were caused by a lightning strike took down a primary power line on Grant Street near Broadway. He said those customers should have their power restored some time tonight, but it depends on what other incident arise from the storm.

The outage map for Connecticut Light and Power shows their highest outage numbers in southwestern CT are in New Milford, where 265 are without power and Redding, where 218 customers are out. There are also 54 outages in Stamford and about three dozen scattered through other towns in southern Fairfield County.

CL&P spokesman Tom Dorsey said crews have been dispatched or are on the scene in New Milford, Stamford and Fairfield County. He said customers in those communities should have their power back within 3 to 6 hours—but again it depends on the storms.

“The storm is still moving through,” he said. “You fix one thing and then something else happens.”

Dorsey said the outage numbers are about normal for a summer storm.

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Wes Duplantier