A Weather Service crew surveyed damage in eastern Connecticut on Thursday and confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down for 11 miles in Andover, Coventry and Mansfield during Wednesday afternoon’s storms.
It was the fourth tornado in Connecticut this month.
The Weather Service says the greatest damage from the tornado was to a barn in Coventry that lost its roof.
Last week, the weather service determined that three small, brief tornadoes touched down July 1 in Greenwich, Stamford, Enfield and Windsor Locks.
The Greenwich/Stamford tornado had winds of about 80 mph when it touched down late morning. It struck just north of the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich’s Backcountry. No one was hurt, but there was extensive tree damage.
Bob Thompson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., told the Associated Press on Wednesday evening that there were two possible tornadoes, one in the Tolland area and the other in the Coventry-Storrs area. He said, “We can’t be entirely sure.”
No tornadoes touched down in southwestern Connecticut on Wednesday.
The weather service issued tornado warnings for northeastern Connecticut’s normally “Quiet Corner” Wednesday afternoon after radar detected storm rotation.
“Our windows were up and then the lamps fell down, and then we walked down here and there was a scary tree down,” Taylor Thornton, a Tolland resident, told WTNH.
The intense storm swept through northeastern Connecticut, between 5 and 6:30 p.m. There were several scenes like on Mountain Spring Road in Tolland, of cars maneuvering around tree trimmings.
Over on Bunker Hill Road in Coventry, the storm lifted a tree from its roots. “You can see from behind the trees that this thing was circulating hard,” Mark Rittlinger, a Coventry resident, told WTNH.
While rare, tornadoes have touched down in Connecticut. One of the worst was in October 1979 when three people were killed and 500 injured as a twister tore through Windsor Locks and Suffield. The Connecticut Air Museum also received heavy damage.
On July 10, 1989, a series of tornadoes ripped through Connecticut, touching down in Cornwall, Litchfield and Hamden. Struck were the Mohawak Mountain ski area, a stand of ancient pine trees in Cornwall and a Hamden neighborhood off the Wilbur Cross Parkway.
A Stratford girl, Jennifer Bike, 12,was killed when a tree fell on her tent at Black Rock State Park in Thomaston during a Mormon Church group camping trip. Her sister, Melanie, then 16, sustained paralyzing injuries.
Southwestern Connecticut has not escaped the fury of tornadoes. Towns including Danbury, New Milford, Trumbull, Monroe, and New Fairfield all been visited by tornadoes.
In August 2009, a tornado touched down in Shelton’s Pine Rock Park area. Packing winds between 95 and 105 mph, the twister made the tops of tall trees short, split utility poles in half and stripped lawns bare of grass. Fortunately, no one was injured when the tornado cut a 100-yard wide swath about a half-mile long through Pine Rock.
Then on June 24, 2010, a tornado struck Bridgeport packing 100 mph winds. The EF-1 tornado that touched down around 2:20 p.m. in the area of East Main, Nichols and Cedar Streets. The twister traveled in an east-northeast direction, cutting a swath about 100 yards wide and two-tenths of a mile long. Thousands of people lost power, several buildings were destroyed and about 25 people injured. Several areas of Stratford in Lordship and Stratford were impassable due to downed trees and power lines.
For a list of tornadoes that touched down in the Nutmeg State click here.
Today, a cold front is passing through the state. Heavy rain came down around 7 a.m. today slowing the drive for southwestern Connecticut commuters. Because of the heavy rain. the NWS issued a flash flood advisory and severe thunderstorm warning for Fairfield and New Haven Counties until 8 a.m.
The heavy rain and lighting strikes caused some trees to come down.
Follow the radar here.
It will become party sunny in the afternoon with the chance of severe thunderstorms. Hopefully no tornadoes!
Here’s the forecast:
Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 65. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Northeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
On Long Island Sound
Should be a decent beach days with party sunny skies.
UV index: 6 (high)
Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less. Scattered showers expected.
Tides: High tide around 2 p.m.; low tide around 8 a.m. and 8:10 p.m.
Water temperature: 79 degrees.