A day after Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power to half of Connecticut's residents, 700-thousand remain in the dark. More than 800 crews are beginning to repair the damage throughout the state. Joining us by phone is Connecticut Light and Power's spokesman, Mitch Gross.
Although some people may have found Irene’s punch to be weaker than they had expected, others say it was more than enough. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports on evacuations on the Westfield River in western Massachusetts.
About midday, officials in Chester heard of a possible breach at a dam upstream of town That was enough to evacuate about 50 people there who lived close to the Westfield River. Further downstream, in Huntington and in Westfield more were evacuated.
Irene hit Connecticut as a strong tropical storm Sunday with torrential rains and gusty winds that destroyed coastal homes, toppled trees and left a record 800,000 customers without power, surpassing damage from Hurricane Gloria in 1985. More than eight inches of rain fell.
The storm reached New England weaker than expected as it failed to re-intensify after making initial landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, but it still destroyed or damaged dozens of beachfront homes in East Haven and nearby communities and undermined sections of seawall, walkways and streets.
Tornadoes in New England aren’t common, especially ones that leave behind a lot of damage. But yesterday a series of twisters ripped through western Massachusetts, killing three people. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports
Just before four in the afternoon yesterday, forty four year old Marisol Mendez was standing on her porch in the south end of Springfield when she saw a huge black cloud clamp down from above. Her first reaction? Capture it on her cell phone camera. But then she dashed inside into a closet. Her hand clutching the door knob fighting the wind:
Abnormal snowfall this winter may have made the season a pain for many Connecticut residents, but it's shaping up to be a boon for local maple syrup producers. Area farmers have sap flows they haven't seen in years.
Ron Wenzel's sugar house is a little oasis each winter
"My wife calls this my man cave; I'm up here for 10, 12 days," he says.
Abnormal snowfall this winter may have made the season a pain for many Connecticut residents, but it's shaping up to be a boon for local maple syrup producers. Aea farmers have sap flows they haven't seen in years. Ron Wenzel's sugar house is a little oasis each winter. "My wife calls this my man cave; I'm up here for 10, 12 days," he says.
This time of year, as temperatures rise, so does the water in our rivers. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen recently visited the banks of the Connecticut River in Hartford to see the effects of recent spring floods.
With the record snowfall this past winter one might expect record flooding. But so far the Connecticut River in Hartford has had only minor flooding. Minor or not, the water still leaves behind a mess.
There has been an historic amount of snowfall around the Northeast. So far in Hartford, at least 80 inches have fallen.
The extreme snowfall has pitted disposing snow against protecting the water. Many cities in the Northeast have run out of space to put the snow and are asking for permission to dump it in waterways. As part of a collaboration with northeast stations, Monica Brady-Myerov of WBUR reports.
Record-setting snowfall, sub-zero temperatures and treacherous travel conditions have meant plenty of missed school days this year. Educators are worried that lost classroom time may affect preparation for standardized tests.
State Department of Education spokesman Tom Murphy says he’s seen school closings, late openings and early dismissals in other years, "but this is really beyond what we’ve seen ever. And it couldn’t happen at a worse time in our high schools, when we have our end of course exams"
After days of shoveling and scraping Connecticut residents may be happy to hear there’s been a prediction for an early spring. It came from Connecticut’s official state groundhog.
The Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester takes in wild animals that have been injured. Including a female groundhog who bears the weighty title, "Connecticut Chuckles the Seventh". Early this morning she went outside, sniffed the air and looked around, but did not see her shadow, according to Bob Eckerd, the executive director of the museum.