Storm wreaks havoc; thousands lose power, man dies

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UPDATE – 9 A.M. –  Nearly 2,000 Connecticut Light and Power customers remain without power in New Milford this morning.

The utility’s website reports 1,951 customers without power in New Milford — 14 percent of its customers there.

A thunderstorm that swept through the area late Tuesday has caused significant damage across New Milford including several downed trees.

Southbury had the second-highest number of CL&P customers without power with 694. Bridgewater had 222 CL&P customers without power; in Roxbury, 219.

In Danbury, 89 remained without power; in Newtown, 89; Brookfield, 12; Kent, 96; Washington, 11.


A line of thunderstorms that swept through Connecticut Tuesday evening has left thousands of people without power and one man dead.

Storm damage and loss of power has forced some school districts to close.

One man was killed and several people were injured as a result of weather-related accidents in New Milford on Tuesday evening, according to police and fire officials.

According to WTNH late Tuesday, a man died after rain and high winds brought down live wires on a car on Van Carr Road around 7:20 p.m., setting the vehicle on fire and shocking the driver as he tried to escape the flames.

The victim, reported to be a man in his 40s or 50s, went into cardiac arrest and was taken to New Milford Hospital by ambulance. The man, whose identify is being withheld pending notification of family members, was pronounced deceased at New Milford Hospital, confirmed Lt. Larry Ash of the New Milford police.

About the same time, emergency personnel were dispatched to an accident with injuries on Route 7, near the Balmoral Pet Cemetery in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford. Ash said there were only minor injuries in that crash.

Route 7 was closed for a time between Riverview and Grove roads; it has since reopened.

At 5:30 a.m. Connecticut Light and Power reported 4,510 customers without electricity. By 7 a.m. that number had dropped to 3,747 and the utility said it expected to have power restored to all of its remaining customers by 11 a.m.

The highest number of outages was in New Milford, where 2,285 were without power at 7 a.m.

The loss of power has caused some school districts to be cancelled.

In New Milford, there will be no school Wednesday. All school sponsored activities are also cancelled. There will be no out of district transportation

The Region 15 school system, which covers Southbury and Middlebury, will also be closed on Wednesday because of storm-related power outages and unsafe road conditions.

In a tweet, CL&P says it expects to have most of the power restored by 11 AM.

Other totals:

Southbury 777

Bridgewater, 164

Newtown, 154

Roxbury 104

Washington, 54

Brookfield 12

On Tuesday night, nearly 6,100 customers, or about 44 percent of the town, were without power as of 8 p.m., according to Connecticut Light & Power, and several roads were closed because of downed trees and wires.

Connecticut State Police reported a tree was down across lanes on Interstate 84 westbound near exit 14. Traffic was being diverted onto the shoulder, and a state Department of Transportation crew was en route to remove the tree, police said.

Ninety-eight percent of Bridgewater customers and 75 percent of Roxbury customers lost power Tuesday night.

Reporter John Pirro contributed to this story.

Jim Shay