Power outages mostly restored in CT 24 hours after gusty winds swept through state

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Power outages have mostly been restored Thursday in Connecticut after a storm brought gusty winds, heavy downpours and colder temperatures.

As of 5:30 p.m., Eversource reported about 200 outages statewide, mostly in Voluntown. The state's largest electrical utility had reported 2,366 outages statewide as of just before noon, down from 2,452 reported earlier Thursday morning. 

United Illuminating, which provides power to the greater Bridgeport and New Haven areas, reported only one outage remained, in Bridgeport, as of 5:30 p.m. It was unclear if that outage was storm-related.

Around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Eversource had reported some 8,694 outages across the state, and United Illuminating reported 380 in its service area. Earlier in the day, the combined total had reached more than 18,000.

In addition to the outages, many roads in Connecticut were temporarily closed Wednesday after trees and power lines came down in some areas.

The National Weather Service said winds could reach 55 mph as a cold front moved into Connecticut that also caused heavy downpours at times. The agency issued wind advisories that covered the entire state, but those had been lifted as early Thursday morning.

At Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, wind gusts reached 63 mph Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, though peak winds were lower elsewhere. Danbury Airport recorded a gust up to 48 mph, while peak winds hit 44 mph in Bridgeport and Fairfield. Farther east, a 42 mph gust was reported in Westbrook, and Groton Airport saw winds hit 47 mph, according to the weather service. 

Skies cleared overnight, and Thursday is expected to be sunny, but breezy and cool for the first day of December, the National Weather Service said. Highs for the day will be in the low 40s — cooler than normal  — and gusty winds up to about 30 mph will make the temperature feel more like it's in the 30s during the day.

Sunny weather with highs in the 40s will stick around through Friday, with a chance of rain developing Friday night and showers expected on Saturday. The rain will give way to sunshine again on Sunday, with highs in the 40s.