Tornadoes touch down in Connecticut

Tornadoes touch down in Connecticut

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Two tornadoes touched down in separate counties in Connecticut on Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed on Tuesday.

The first tornado hit Fairfield County Monday morning. The second one landed in Hartford County in the early afternoon.

Gov. Dannel Malloy on Tuesday signed a Declaration of Civil Preparedness Emergency to help state and local crews with debris cleanup in East Windsor, Greenwich, Stamford, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

"While yesterday's tornadoes in Hartford County and Fairfield County caused property damage, we are most of all grateful that no lives were lost during these flash storms," Malloy said in a statement. "This declaration will help the residents in the impacted towns to expedite debris removal."

The morning tornado touched down in Greenwich at about 10:58 a.m., according to the NWS based in New York City. That twister, about 150 yards at its widest, cut a path about 3.7 miles long from North Street in Greenwich, near the Merritt Parkway, to Janes Lane in Stamford, the Weather Service said. The tornado was on the ground for about 10 minutes.

The NWS meteorologist observed extensive tree damage along the tornado's path beginning at Taconic Road and continuing to Skyridge Road. The worst tree damage was just south of the intersection of Stag Lane and Stanwich Road, the NWS said.

The surveyor did not find any visible structural damage from this tornado, which had an estimated maximum wind speed of 80 mph, giving it an EF-0 rating.

The Hartford County twister, which landed at about 1:28 p.m., was a bit more powerful and caused more damage to man-made structures. It cut a path about 2.25 miles long from Windsor to East Windsor, passing through part of Windsor Locks and crossing the Connecticut River, according to the NWS based in Taunton, Mass.

The tornado, which had a maximum width of about 200 yards, blew off the roof of a warehouse, took down numerous trees (which crushed cars and damaged homes), blew shingles off houses, ripped tobacco tents off tobacco fields, collapsed a bubble at Sports World and tossed it onto I-95, and may have knocked over a parked semi-truck, according to the NWS.

Several eyewitnesses said they saw debris lifted into the air and heard a noise that sounded like a freight train as the tornado moved through the area.

No one was reported hurt, the Weather Service said.

The NWS classified most of the damaged as EF-0 (wind speeds 65 to 85 mph) and some as EF-1 (86 to 110 mph). The tornado had a maximum wind speed of 90 mph, the Weather Service said.

A Tornado Warning was in effect for Hartford County at the time.

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