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National Weather Service: thunderstorms brought multiple microbursts to Connecticut


HARTFORD, Connecticut — The National Weather Service says strong thunderstorms that knocked out power to about 50,000 homes and businesses in Connecticut on Tuesday produced multiple microbursts with wind gusts of up to 95 mph.

The Weather Service announced Wednesday that radar data indicates several microbursts hit the southern part of the state Tuesday. No tornadoes were reported.

A microburst is a downdraft of air during a thunderstorm that can cause damage comparable to or worse than what some tornadoes produce.

The storms knocked down trees, branches and power lines in many areas.

Eversource is reporting about 14,600 remaining outages in Connecticut. Durham, where most of Eversource's 3,000 customers lost power, still had 1,800 outages Wednesday afternoon. United Illuminating reports just over 200 remaining outages in the New Haven and Bridgeport areas.

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