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High winds bring down wires closing roads and delaying schools

Update: 12 p.m.:

This tree, one of many that came down in this morning's high wind storm, is along Ridgefield Road, near Vista Road.

This tree, one of many that came down in this morning’s high wind storm, is along Ridgefield Road, near Vista Road.

According to Wilton police, following roads are being cleared.

Route 33 and Deforest

Route 105 and Skunk

Pine Ridge at Spruce

25 Ambler Lane

Canterbury Lane

Friendlee Lane

145 Old Highway

Saunders & Olmstead

St. John – low hanging wires – buses cannot get through

60 Nod Hill Road

52 Collinswood Road

249 Chestnut Hill – one lane

162  Chestnut Hill – one lane

60 Cheesespring Road – one lane

Route 53 at Shadow – one lane

7:45 a.m. — Some Wilton residents are waking up Thursday morning, Jan. 31, without power. The high winds of Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, have knocked out power to at least 893 homes and businesses in town, according to Connecticut Light & Power.

There are also some road closures, leading to a delayed opening of schools this morning. And Metro-North is reporting delays of up to 10 minutes on both the New Haven and Danbury branch lines.

Wilton police report most roads with problems have at least one way in or out although Ridgefield Road at DeForest is impassable. Also affected are Bob White, Ambler Lane, Pine Ridge at Spruce, and Skunk Lane at No. 105, Belden Hill by No. 504 and Nod Hill Road by No. 60.

The number of power outages could rise as residents awake and report more outages. There are more than 69,000 with power outages across the state. That is 5% of CL&P customers. Wilton’s outages represent nearly 12% of Wilton CL&P customers.

The high wind warning that went into effect Wednesday night at 6, was to expire Thursday morning at 6. At 3 a.m. Thursday, southwest wind gusts across the state ranged from 25-35 mph in the lower elevations up to 50 mph above 1,000 feet and along the coast of Connecticut, according to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Wind gusts to 50 mph have also occurred on Long Island by 3 a.m.

Thursday morning, strong winds around daybreak are forecast to shift to the west by 9 a.m. and continue gusting to around 40 mph through the morning and into the afternoon, according to forecasts. Gusts to 50 mph are possible in the higher elevations.

The temperature is in the low-50s in Wilton this morning but is expected to drop Thursday into the mid-30s this evening and there could be snow Friday and this weekend.

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