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Strong winds cause power outages throughout CT

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Heavy winds not only led to colder temperatures, but thousands of powers outages were reported throughout Connecticut Sunday.

The winds picked up as Sunday wore on, according to WFSB meteorologist Mike Cameron. He advised residents to wear a hat and gloves when going outside.

A wind advisory is in effect for the whole state until 1 a.m. on Monday. The wind gusts were as high as 55 mph in Storrs.

Connecticut Light & Power had more than 13,000 customers without power at one point on Sunday, according to its website. However, as of 9:30 p.m., there were 3,324 customers still without power. 

CL&P said the wind "definitely" played a factor with the outages Sunday. Winds caused tree branches and utility lines to fall. Though minimal damage was reported.

More than 4,600 outages were reported in the Willington, Stafford and Tolland because the Blair Substation in Willington was down.

Crews are working to restore the feeder line for the station and had to install an alternate feed to restore to customers in the Willington, Stafford and Tolland area. Extra electricians were called in to help fix the problem.

There were 488 outages reported in the United Illuminating coverage with most of them being in Stratford at about 5 p.m., according to its website. By 9:30 p.m., there were only 37 UI customers without power.

Officials warned residents to avoid touching downed power lines and to be careful of falling tree branches and limbs.

To read Cameron's entire technical discussion, click here

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