Wind gusts at the weather center at West Conn were reported at 68 miles per hour around 7:30pm.
Several transformers across the region, in Danbury and Ridgefield, blew. Mayor Mark Boughton retweeted someone who said they heard the downtown transformer blow all the way on the west side. City Hall, where the Emergency Operations Center is located, was running on a generator.
Boughton ordered all of the work crews in due to the danger of high winds. The Mayor tweeted that the roof was blown off an apartment building. The Red Cross and Fire Department were on the scene at 9 Beaver Brook Road. About 30 to 45 people were impacted by this damage. Boughton says the roof sailed anbout 150 feet and slammed into someone's front yard.
Redding First Selectman Natalie Ketcham has declared a state of emergency in Redding.
In Ridgefield a tree fell on a house located on Old Sib Road, with a possible structure collapse. There were two children in the house at the time. Ambulance crews had trouble reaching the house and needed help getting the children out. Highway and town crews reportedly went to the scene to help. The Hospital was warned of two trauma alerts for children. Reports are than an 8 year old and a 5 year old were possible injured.
During the height of the winds, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said emergency services were only responding to life and death emergencies, but that crews would be back out as soon as the winds die down. Ridgefield's Emergency Operations Center was having Internet problems, meaning that alert system was inaccessible for the evening telephone update.