Lightning strike knocks out power for hundreds in Stratford

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United Illuminating says power has been restored to Stratford customers after a lightning strike blacked out hundreds of homes and businesses.

Witnesses say a transformer exploded after the 8 a.m. strike, which authorities say is a very rare occurrence in January.

At Pickel Barrel Deli, that meant no power and no customers for part of the morning. 

Electricity came back around 10:30 a.m. – just in time for lunch.

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