As tropical storm Elsa departs flood-battered CT, wind in the forecast

Gisela Steep

A tropical storm slammed the state with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday, leaving thousand without power across Connecticut and causing widespread street flooding.

As the storm moves off along the coast of New England, weakening in strength, it leaves in its wake party sunny skies and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service said torrential rain, rough marine conditions and dangerous rip currents are expected through Friday afternoon.

8:20 p.m. — POWER OUTAGES

Eversource is reporting 1,959 customers without power. Among the outages are 633 in Madison, 613 in Haddam, 395 in East Haddam and 231in Guilford.

United Illuminating is reporting 212 without power, with 70 still out in New Haven.

5 p.m.

4:45 p.m. — POWER OUTAGES

Eversource is reporting 3,844 customers without power. Among the outages are 584 in Haddam, 381 in East Haddam and 377 in Stamford.

United Illuminating is reporting 1 customer without power in Orange.

3:15 p.m.

Eversource reports crews have restored power for more than 13,000 customers since the beginning of the storm, with crews working to restore around 6,000 remaining outages.

“The storm has delivered the expected heavy rains, further saturating grounds that were already soaked from this week’s thunderstorms, and we have the possibility of some more thunderstorms tonight,” Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said in a statement. “We realize how difficult it is to be without power, and we will work non-stop until every customer has their power restored.”

The utility company urged caution around downed limbs and trees— particularly for those entangled with downed wires. It also urged people using generators to move them away from structures, and to make sure their transfer switches are working correctly.

1:55 p.m.

There is a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. Friday. The forecast indicates it’ll remain partly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and wind gusts up to about 30 mph likely.

By Friday night, there’s a chance of showers and a thunderstorm before 10 p.m., with some of those storms possibly producing gusty winds. Skies will stay partly cloudy, with a low around 64 degrees.

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