Connecticut has been getting rain just about everyday for several days now. It hasn't been anything major, but just a lot of steady rain, that is up until today.
The day started out very warm and humid, with the sun making an effort to show itself, which I was glad for because I was having a new roof put on my house and was hoping that they could complete it today (they started yesterday). I got my wish the weather cooperated up until noon, which was just enough time for the Roofers to finish, and even clean up. But no sooner had they finish when our usual rain shower paid us a visit for about an hour, and things then looked like they were going to clear up, well lets just say that looks can be deceiving.
At about 5:00 it got very dark and the clouds opened up, and the wind started to blow. The rain came down in buckets, and even knocked over some of the outdoor furniture that I have on my deck. It has been a while since I have seen the rain come down that hard around here, but as hard as it was coming down around my house, it was even coming down harder in near by towns.
My wife and I enjoy sea food, and have made it a weekly custom to go to a fish market called City Fish a couple of towns over for take out fish & chips, scallops & chips, or fried whole belly clams & chips. We really enjoy the take out from City Fish because the fish is always fresh and they do a great job cooking it. So once the rain let up I jumped in my car and started out on my usual Friday trip. As I approached RT 91 the traffic was pretty backed up, and I figured that it was because the Traveler Championship Golf Tournament had completed its round for the day, and people were making their way home. But when I got off the exit for City Fish the traffic was still really backed up and no traffic lights were on.
As I made my way up the Silas Dean Highway I started to notice that not only the traffic lights were out but all of the lights were out. Non of the business had light, and all of them had closed. The parking lots were empty. Being the optimist that I am I kept on my way to City Fish, already tasting the fried whole belly clams that I had decided to have.
I continued on my way and I started to notice the reason for all the lights being out, there were huge tree branches down all over the place, and they had knocked down some of the power lines. I turned the radio on to a local news station and they were reporting power outages all over the area. It seems that even though the rain came down pretty heavy, and the winds blew really hard in my town, that it was even more severe in Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield Connecticut.
I finally made it to City Fish, and much to my disapointment they had lost power as well, and there would not be any fried whole belly clams for me today. Very, very disapointing. But I sure am glad that I don't live in Rocky Hill or Wethersfield, because I would be doing without a whole lot more that just my fried whole belly clams.
It has been a while since I have seen that many trees down, and even thought that it might have been a tornado, but luckily it wasn't. I hope they get their power back soon, after all I am still craving the whole belly clams that I did not get today :)