One man was killed in Danbury during severe storms that moved through Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon, according to the mayor. A 41-year-old woman was killed in New Fairfield during the storms, according to state police. They said a 3-year-old child who was with her did not appear to be hurt.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said a man was killed in the Candlewood Lake area. Boughton said the man was mowing a lawn and when the storm came he sheltered in a truck. A tree came down on the truck, killing him.
State police said the woman who died in New Fairfield was in a car when a tree fell at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.
Another man suffered serious injuries when the roof at a baseball dugout flew off and struck him, the mayor confirmed.
The storms that moved through Connecticut pelted cars and homes with hail, took down trees, and showed signatures of a possible tornado in some towns. At least one confirmed tornado occurred in the Oxford area.
The National Weather Service is sending a team to assess damage in Connecticut and said they will particularly focus on Bethany, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Durham, Hamden, New Milford, Newtown, Oxford, Ridgefield, Southbury and Winsted.
Several school districts have announced closures for Wednesday due to the severe damage.
Several state parks will be closed Wednesday because of damage, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Seven parks are closed as of 10 a.m.
Oxford police reported trees and power lines down throughout the town trapping people in cars.
Radar images confirmed a tornado that moved through the Oxford and Southbury area, according to NBC Connecticut Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.
In Cheshire, a large tree came down on a house on Bellamy Road, putting a huge hole in the roof.
As of 9:30 a.m. more than 91,000 homes and businesses were still without power.
At the height of the storm, more than 130,000 were in the dark. Some of the hardest hit towns include Southbury, Beacon Falls, Winchester and Brookfield. The town of Brookfield declared a “town disaster” due to all the damage and town officials will hold a news conference this morning to give an update on the storm.
Some towns, including Danbury and Southbury, have opened emergency shelters.
The severe storm cell continued into Wallingford, where trees are down in the South Main Street area as well as other parts of town.
Trees were also down across Interstate 84 in Middlebury and Route 34 in Derby.
Hail the size of golf balls fell in places like Hartland and Granby.
At different points through the afternoon, tornado warnings were issued for Litchfield, Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven and Middlesex counties.