New York's Grand Central Terminal became a repository for thousands of angry commuters when Metro-North stopped service on the New Haven, Harlem, and Hudson lines at the start of the rush hour: the traffic was almost the whole Evening over at many Connecticut freeways at a standstill, and the traffic jams wandered on commuter roads that ran near the I nterstates wrong, in vain, to find a less tedious way home.
Earlier Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued tornado warnings in five of the state's eight districts-meaning that a tornado was about to happen or was imminent. The NWS will spend the next few days figuring out if a tornado is actually hitting the state or if it's just a thunderstorm. Two residents of Brookfield, however, said they thought they had seen the funnel of a tornado early Tuesday evening.
The damage was strongest in the Danbury region, the area of Cheshire, Hamden and the Naugatuck Valley and the northeast corner of the state. Eversource reported that 108,000 households in Connecticut were out of power on Tuesday night
In Danbury, a teenage boy was badly injured when hit at the roof of a shelter on the Henry Abbott Technical High School baseball field. According to Boughton powerful winds had peeled the roof from the shelter.
"He did pretty well," Boughton said. "It's very serious."
In Brookfield, a man and a woman suffered life-threatening injuries when a tree fell on them as they walked along the Still River Greenway, according to Brookfield First Select Stephen C. Dunn.
It's a real mess, "Dunn said of the damage in Brookfield, which caused him to report a local emergency." It's the worst thing I've ever seen. There are literally hundreds of trees, wires, many roads are impassable. Most of our roads are impassable.
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Commuters are stranded Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal after several branches of the Metro North train was closed on Tuesday.
Commuters are stranded in Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal after several Branches of the Metro North train were closed on Tuesday.
Brookfield has asked the State Department of Transportation for help in procuring equipment and manpower for street cleaning, according to DOT spokesman Kevin Nurick has sent six front loaders and three tree crews to Brookfield
Hamden, the emergency response teams found roads so impassable they were calling on medical help, Mayor Curt Leng said, "We have many, many problems in the city," he wrote an e-mail.
In the northern part of Hamden, fallen trees caught some residents in their homes and blocked most roads. Many of the crashed trees are in wires that need to be disabled by utilities, Leng said.
Cheshire police chief Neil Dryfe said some of his officers had taken firefighters to a Hamden district to respond to a propane leak because the fallen trees and lines made it impossible to bring in a truck.
Dryfe said that about 20 streets were "completely impassable".
"It's as bad as I've seen it since that October snowstorm five or six years ago," he said.
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A Baseball Hailstones Cracked a Norfolk (19659018) A baseball hailstorm slammed the windshield of a Norfolk man on Tuesday night. (Jonathan Barbagall / Handout)
Gary Lessor, chief meteorologist at the weather center of Western Connecticut State University, said two rows of powerful thunderstorms mo in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon. The arrival in Litchfield County around 15 o'clock. and moved east towards Granby and Somers, where it weakened. On the way there hail and rain fell in strong wind.
At the height of the storm, there were 120,000 houses without electricity.
A second series of storms swept across Danbury, Brookfield, New Fairfield, Newtown and Southbury and further east, causing extensive tree and wind damage as it passed through the Naugatuck Valley and into Cheshire, Hamden and Wallingford.
East of Hartford, which combined storm walls and moved into eastern Connecticut, caused damage to Ashford "Pomfret, Woodstock, Plainfield," said the landlord.
Bradley International Airport canceled all flights shortly after the evacuation of the Air Traffic Control Tower at about 4:30 pm, but the airport reopened the tower half an hour later and resumed flight operations.
Metro North's New Haven Line departs at 7.30 pm with severe delays to a restricted service. Fallen trees at the Waterbury and Danbury branches caused delays.
The windshield of a Norfolk man's car shattered when hit by a baseball-sized hailstone on Tuesday night. The man drove home from Bradley International when the hailstone struck Granby, said Jonathan Barbagallo, a spokesman for Norfolk Fire Department.
A Burlington policeman described the torrent that started there around 5pm. as "biblical".
"Absolutely poured," said Officer Thomas Zero. "The sky was literally opening above us, huge raindrops falling everywhere."
In the southwestern corner of the state, Ridgefield First Selected declared Rudy Marconi a local emergency at 6:00 pm after the storm overturned wires and trees
"We have electric arcs all over the road," Marconi said in the evening.
The area of Danbury-Brookfield was hit particularly hard, and Brookfield resident Michael Zacchea said he felt something was happening to him. As he drove on Route 133, he continued driving.
He sought refuge in a nearby house and fled into a garage overhang.
"Three trees have fallen about ten meters from my seat," Zacchea said. "In the back fell a tree, hit the house and the stove – on the roof."
The wind hurled branches and debris around it.
"It sounded like vacuuming – just a huge noise and literally things that fly," he said.
As fast as the storm came, he was gone. "It only took five minutes, but it came so fast," he said. "All I could see was gray, dark gray, things that flew."
Courant staff writer Nicholas Rondinone, Mikaela Porter, Bill Leukhardt and Josh Kovner contributed to the report.