Thunderstorm blows through region, dropping half an inch of rain and toppling branches

Thunderstorm blows through region, dropping half an inch of rain and toppling branches


A fast-moving thunderstorm that hit at around 10 Wednesday morning dumped more than a half-inch of rain on the region and led to dozens of emergency calls to area agencies for reports of downed wires and tree limbs.

There was a report of a utility pole leaning over and wires hanging low along Main Street in Westerly near Bridge Restaurant. A branch from a tree along Main Street between the restaurant and the state boat ramp had come down.

Across the Pawcatuck River, a section of Mechanic Street in Pawcatuck flooded briefly, which slowed drivers, especially in the area of Prospect Street. According to the National Weather Service, .54 inches of rain fell before noon.

A Charlestown resident called The Sun to say hail was falling there.

A tree had fallen across Packer Road in Old Mystic, but the hazard was quickly cleared and the road has reopened.

Groton City appears to have been hit the hardest, with many reports coming from that area and power out in some locations. As of around noon Wednesday, Eversource reported 721 customer outages in Groton, including one that left four people stuck inside an elevator. Only one outage was reported in Stonington and 43 in North Stonington at that time. Power to all towns was restored within hours.

National Grid staff reported that after the first round of storms passed through, there were few outages to report in western Washington County. According to the company’s website, there were 143 outages in Charlestown and fewer than five in Westerly, Richmond and Hopkinton combined.

Clouds cleared soon after the storm ended, with the sun and blue sky making brief appearances, but more rain fell later in the day. Skies are expected to clear around mid-day on Thursday.

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