United Illumination is reporting 104 customers reporting some level of power loss in Orange as tonight's storms wrap up.
Still, we've gotten off easy. Ansonia is reporting over 800 outages, and Milford is reporting 281.
Rain, thunder and lightning battered Orange, but no reports of road closure or downed trees have been issued. Still, if you've experienced power outage or damage, let Patch know. You can also share your photos with the community by .
Right on schedule, the thunderstorm that could bring hail and even the possibility of tornadoes rolled into Orange at 7:50 p.m. And UI has reported the first power outage, at 7:31 p.m.
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The storm front expected tonight has rolled into Connecticut. The National Weather Service has issued a host of warnings for Connecticut, including a Tornado Watch for Litchfield County. New Haven County is currently under both a Severe Thunderstorm Watch and Severe Thunderstorm Warning, with cloudy skies and the first thunder audible at approximately 7:22. The storm is expected to hit Orange by 7:50.
A line of possibly strong thunderstorms is projected to move through the area before midnight, and Patch will provide updates throughout the night.
Orange Emergency Management Director Fred Palmer says his emergency response team is ready.
"We're watching it. If something comes up, we'll notify people without delay," he says. "The best thing you can do is stay in your house. You're much better off staying in your own house, having your own food. If the trees come down, you're comfortable, you're at home."
During an emergency, such as hurricanes or widespread power outages, Palmer says, "If you are able please go to the following sites for immediate up-to-date information on the status of the conditions in the town of Orange and services available. We will keep this website up to date on our status."
You can also get the latest by following Orange's Emergency Management Department on Twitter: @orangectemd
, UI is bracing for a busy night with possible power outages. Customers can call 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584).
The forecast, according to the National Weather Service: "Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 75. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible."