Heavy rain, strong winds cause electrical issues, poles and trees down

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WEST HARTFORD -- Reports are coming in across the state of damage resulting from a heavy band of rain.

At the Westfarms Mall in West Hartford, a mother, identified as Mirela Ntaplipi, and her young children narrowly escaped injury while in the parking lot. According to a police report, Ntalipi was driving in the lot when the light pole fell on the rear roof of her car. She had two children in the backseat, including one in an infant seat.

Ntapili was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pain, as were her two children for evaluation. Police believe it was due to the high winds.

The incident occurred around 3:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, in New London, firefighters responded to a tree that had fallen onto wires on Norwood Avenue. More fire crews responded to a different part of the city, near the intersection of State and Washignton streets, for reports that slate had fallen off of a building.

Eversource was reporting earlier that more than 22,000 customers were without power, while United Illuminating was reporting more than 700 without power, however by Wednesday morning fewer than 200 were without power.

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