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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Violent Quick-Moving Storm Thrashes Area

Violent Quick-Moving Storm Thrashes Area:
Trees down, local flooding and power outages mark passage
By Mike Lauterborn
(Posted to 6/9)
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Fairfield, CT – The darkening skies and wind-whipped trees foretold the arrival of a wicked thunderstorm that dumped buckets of rain, interrupted power and knocked down trees across Fairfield early Thursday evening.

Around 6 p.m., the storm rolled in from the west, bringing premature darkness and driving people off beaches and streets to find shelter indoors. Rain came down so hard that visibility was stunted to less than 100 yards at one point, as windshield wipers fruitlessly slapped at the heavy precipitation. Roadways quickly flooded, as the torrents could not be absorbed fast enough, and cascades of water flashed up as cars drove through accumulated pools.

Accompanying high winds pulled trees up from their roots while large limbs split off other trees and came down, blocking through access on thoroughfares like North Benson Road just north of the railroad overpass, and Penfield Road in the Beach Area, north of Quincy Street. Police were onsite at each incidence diverting traffic.

Power outages in the area south of the Post Road were reported, though they were brief and electric service was soon restored.

The storm had peaked by 6:30 p.m. and fast-tracked east, the skies still rumbling and flashing with thunder and lightning as it moved out. 

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