Four Tornadoes Hit Connecticut Tuesday, Including at Least 3 EF-1 Tornadoes: National Weather Service - NBC Connecticut

Four Tornadoes Hit Connecticut Tuesday, Including at Least 3 EF-1 Tornadoes: National Weather Service

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    Bethany Farm Suffered Major Damage During Storm

    A Bethany farm dating back to the 1840s suffered serious damage during Tuesday's powerful storm.

    (Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

    Four tornadoes, a macroburst and a microburst all hit Connecticut Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

    On Thursday evening, National Weather Service officials confirmed a destructive microburst with winds at 100 miles per hour struck Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, then continued east to Wallingford and Northford.

    Previously, officials determined an EF-1 tornado hit the Winsted area. Another tornado hit in the Barkhamsted Reservoir area. The EF scale level for the Barkhamsted tornado is not yet confirmed by the weather service.

    Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan confirmed a tornado in the Oxford area Tuesday. National Weather Service officials came out to survey the damage Wednesday and confirmed the storm was an EF-1 tornado with a 4.5-mile path length and wind strengths of 100 mph.

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    Officials also confirmed a second tornado with a 9.5-mile path length from Beacon Falls to Bethany to Hamden and wind strengths of 110 mph.

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    All of these towns saw extensive storm damage and there are dozens of school closings Thursday as towns deal with the destruction.

    During the storm, Oxford police reported trees and power lines down throughout the town trapping people in cars. Roads were impassable and many people were trapped in their homes.

    It was a similar scene in Southbury. The town has issued a state of emergency as crews continue working to clear up downed trees and wires. As of 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, 98 percent of town remained without power.

    In Hamden, outages were peppered across the town. The worst of the damage was in the northern part of town, and Sleeping Giant State Park remains closed due to all the damage. The mayor has been in touch with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro to see about getting federal assistance.

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    Other areas of the state also saw extensive damage from straight-line winds. A macroburst hit Brookfield, leaving heavy damage.

    The severe storms proved fatal in Danbury and New Fairfield, where two people were killed in separate incidents when trees came down on vehicles.

    Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a Declaration of Civil Preparedness Emergency to help towns with response and recovery efforts.

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