National Weather Service Confirms Wolcott Tornado

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    (Published Monday, Jul 28, 2014)

    The National Weather Service's New York office has confirmed that a weak tornado touched down in Wolcott.

    The "EF0" level tornado touched down at 12:50 p.m, the National Weather service tweeted at 4:39 p.m. The small tornado had an estimated wind speed of 80 to 85 miles per hour and spanned about .62 miles, according to its preliminary findings.

    A level 0 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale is a week tornado estimated to reach 65 to 85 miles per hour in a three-second gust, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    The National Weather Service sent a representative to investigate with the help of Wolcott Emergency Management officials.

    "The path began near the intersection of Minor Road and Center Streeet where a tree was uprooted and facing west" and finally lifted near Stagecoach Lane, the National Weather Service wrote in its preliminary report, which is subject to change pending final review.

    The tornado caused "intermittent tree damage" and "continued along a path to the northeast to Wolcott High School," blowing "large fixed sports equipment" across the field and knocking down a fence, according to the report.

    "Several trees were also topped" and the tornado knocked down several other trees to the northeast on Kalko Drive, the National Weather Service reported.

    Police said that the tornado left a minimal trail of damage in Wolcott.

    "Several trees were damaged as well as a trailer and a portable baseball backstop. The tree that damaged the trailer also landed on the roof of a house on Kalko Drive, causing minor damage and tore out the electrical service to the house," Wolcott police posted on Facebook.

    Town crews cleared fallen trees that briefly blocked the roadways on Minor Road and Deer Run.

    The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook earlier in the day for Hartford, Tolland,  Windham and northern Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties, warning of possible thunderstorms with strong or damaging wind gusts, as well as heavy downpours and possible "urban and poor drainage flooding."

    Storms and rain showers were in the forecast from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with an isolated tornado risk earlier in the day and scattered thunderstorms that had potential to bring lightning and hail, NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Darren Sweeney said late Sunday morning.

    Storms could flare up again early Monday morning, potentially causing trouble on the morning commute, according to NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Monica Cryan.

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