(CBS Connecticut) — A fast-moving storm knocked out power to more than 50,000 homes and businesses in Southern Connecticut late this afternoon.

Most of the storms had moved out of the state to Rhode Island by 6 pm.

Wallingford Mayor Bill Dickinson says the storm brought down trees and tree limbs in town.

“There was thunder, and some pretty good flashes of lightning,” Dickinson said. “It was pretty quick, too, not more than 5 or 10 minutes.”

Almost the entire town of Durham was without electric service, at one point.

Eversource Spokesman Mitch Gross says the southern half of the state suffered more damage.

“We are seeing a lot of reports of lightning strikes, a lot of reports of lightning hitting equipment, as well as the heavy rain,” Gross said.

Gross also said there were reports of tree branches taking down electrical lines.


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