Severe weather strikes Southern New England, surrounding area

Lincoln was lit up by lighting, followed by a rolling thunderstorm, as a severe storm battered the northeast on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Submitted photo by Savannah H.)

Lincoln was lit up by lighting, followed by a rolling thunderstorm Tuesday night, as a severe storm battered the northeast.

The storm caused a tree to fall on a home at Pin Oak Court in Coventry. Police said no one was hurt, but there was damage to the roof of the home and power had to be shut off.

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In Auburn, Massachusetts, which is located just outside of Worcester, rain came down hard. Wind knocked down trees that fell on wires, cutting power in neighborhoods.

"All of a sudden, we just heard ‘crack’ and then the power went off and that was it,” one person said. “We ran outside and we see all this. It's crazy. The wires were starting to spark up."

Hail was also pummeling the yards of homeowners in Saugerties, New York in the Upper Hudson Valley. It was coming down hard enough to crack and even break car windshields.

In Connecticut, strong winds and hail tore through the state.

Fire Chief Paul Januszewski said the North Haven Fire Department and Police Department responded to more than 200 calls for service during the first few hours of the storm. He said about 20 percent of the town was without power as of 7:30 p.m., with utility crews working to get power back on for thousands of residents.

“Several dozen trees have fallen in town and there are reports of many trees and power lines that have fallen onto houses or vehicles,” Januszewski said, also reminding the public that they should “assume that all downed wires are electrified. A person can be killed instantly by touching a live electrical wire. Do not approach downed wires. They should assume that all downed wires are electrified. A person can be killed instantly by touching a live electrical wire. Do not approach downed wires.”

But the storm moved out as quickly as it rolled in, leaving behind clear skies and rainbows in many areas.

National Grid reported that crews are working a to restore a few outages across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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