First round of thunderstorms hits area hard; more to come

First round of thunderstorms hits area hard; more to come


A morning thunderstorm lead to emergency calls around the region for reports of wires and trees down in the wake of a fast moving storm that hit the area about 10 a.m.

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 was slowing drivers, especially in the area of Prospect Street.

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

A tree had fallen across Packer Road in Old Mystic, but officials indicated the hazard has since been cleared and the road has reopened.

Groton City appears to have been hit hardest with many reports coming from that area and power out in some locations. As of 11:25 a.m., Eversource reported 721 customer outages in Groton, including one which left four people stuck inside an elevator. Only one outage was reported in Stonington and 43 in North Stonington.

National Grid staff reported that after the first round, there were few outages to report in western Washington County. According to outage reports, 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 a brief appearance, but more rain is in the forecast for later today.

According to the National Weather Service, showers and possibly a thunderstorm are expected to continue to hit the area through the afternoon, with the chance of precipitation at 90 percent. New rainfall amounts are expected to be between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms and a flash flood watch will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

— Sun staff

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