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Strong storms cause flooding and a fire across the state

July 23, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Heavy rainfall and booming thunderstorms that raced across Connecticut caused major flooding and a fire in a dorm at a private school.

At the Tweed-New Haven Airport, major flooding Monday night caused airport staff to cancel flights for almost 24 hours through Tuesday afternoon.

A dorm at Choate Rosemary Hall, a private school in Wallingford, also caught fire after a lightning struck, forcing students to evacuate and shelter at an athletic center.

No injuries were reported.

Lorraine Connelly, director of communications for the school, said the lightning struck the building around 6:20 p.m. Firefighters say they had to wait until the lightning passed to complete their work.

The state’s major utilities were reporting scattered power outages Tuesday morning.

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