NORWALK - Nearly 22,000 homes and business were left without power during a wet and windy day across southwestern Connecticut.

Heavy winds whipped through the region, knocking down power lines and trees. Downed pine trees were responsible for snarled traffic in some areas, including Long Lots Road, where crews worked to clean up the mess.

Torrential rains also caused flooding in Norwalk and on Tokeneke Road in Darien where traffic was backed up all the way down Route 1.

Many people were using umbrellas, but as one person pointed out, with wind gusts like these, it was a constant battle to keep them up and stay dry.

Connecticut Light and Power opened its emergency operations center in Berlin to help dispatch crews reach areas that lost electricity.

Officials say power has now been restored to most residents.

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