Over a foot of wet heavy snow fell at Bradley Field near Hartford CT, the biggest October storm ever there. Trees are down everywhere creating outages and dangerous roads. It was a warm October. Leaves were still on trees when the storm hit. Thus the snow buildup on branches was more than normal because of the extra weight of snow on the leaves.
In many cases, the storm has already caused more damage and power outages in some towns than Irene. In the Farmington Valley, for example, 100 percent of the Connecticut Light and Power Company customers were without power Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
I grew up near there and don’t ever recall a storm that knocked out power so completely in such a large area, and certainly not before Halloween.