Weston Power Update: Estimated time of restoration is 6 a.m.

A downed tree blocks Old Redding Road in Weston around 5:30 p.m. today. — Tara Tanzer photo

A downed tree blocks Old Redding Road in Weston around 5:30 p.m. today. — Tara Tanzer photo

10:30 p.m.  36% of the town, 1,397 Eversource customers are still without power in Weston.

A spokesman for the power company said efforts are ongoing to restore power. Crews are clearing trees and wires that came down during this afternoon’s short but very powerful storm.

The power restoration process is lengthy due to the amount of downed trees and damage, the spokesman said.

He gave an estimated time of restoration of 6 a.m. Friday morning for power to be fully restored in town.

The storm hit Weston hard around 3:45 p.m. today with rain, wind and hail. The storm was short-lived, lasting around 10 minutes. Some areas of town got nothing but rain, while other areas had heavy winds that took down trees and power lines.

A number of roads were rendered impassable due to the downed trees and wires. There were also a number of fires due to downed utility lines, including ones on Valley Forge Road and Godfrey Road.

No other area towns reported as much damage from the storm as Weston. Only a few towns had any power outages at all and they were minimal (under 10 outages).

There is speculation this was a microburst in Weston — a strong downdraft with a rush of damaging winds on or near the ground. Microbursts are similar to tornadoes and are quick-hitting and capable of extreme damage.

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  • carol

    Not for nothing, but Weston is always hard hit. With all the constant utility work on the roads-and tons of delays on Georgetown and Weston roads-you would think the most expensive utility in the country-would actually put some protectors in around their circuit boxes. Oh I forgot-we are Westonites so we can be ripped off with no benefit.

  • Mike Magner

    As of 9:30 this morning no one on September Lane has seen any sign of Eversource whatsoever. I received an email blast at 2:32 am saying that they were shooting for 4:30 pm today but they certainly are not working around the clock to do so. Sorry my generator is so loud!

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