Hartford faces early February storm

February 28, 2013 by  

The early part of February was a difficult time for residents of Hartford, Connecticut, as a winter storm lashed the city.

Winds gusted up to 65 mph, flooding the roads, knocking down trees and causing widespread power outages. The storm swept in ahead of a cold front that sent temperatures plummeting more than 20 degrees, from 50s early in the day to an evening temperature in the 30s. This pattern of wild weather, with unseasonable highs followed by huge temperature drops, has been seen across much of New England this winter.

The storm caused trees to shed their branches, crashing onto power lines, cars and houses, and blacking out the power. Large puddles left behind by the storm caused traffic snarls and held up morning commuters. At the height of the storm, there were over 70,000 people without power, mostly in Fairfield County and in eastern Connecticut.

Connecticut Light & Power reported trees down throughout the state. In Avon, a tree fell onto a utility pole, which then fell into a parking lot. The transformers on the pole leaked oil into the lot, which then had to be cleaned up. A number of city schools closed on one day due to lack of power, and schools elsewhere shut down because roads were blocked.

In the case of a repeat of these events in future winters, Hartford officials could work with experts in flyer printing to remind residents of how they can continue to function as normally as possible in the event of power loss.