EF-1 Tornado Struck From Bethany to North Haven: NWS

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An EF-1 tornado touched down and moved from Bethany to North Haven Thursday, the National Weather Service confirmed Friday.

Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan reported radar confirmation of a tornado Thursday. On Friday NWS surveyed the damage and determined an EF-1 tornado, with wind speeds of up to 110 mph, touched town between 3:53 p.m. and 4:03 p.m. It moved 11.1 miles from Bethany through to North Haven.

Hanrahan said that the 11.1 mile path length may be the longest since the Windsor Locks tornado in 1979.

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The NWS report said no injuries were reported.

Tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Thursday as powerful storms moved through Connecticut. In North Haven, Hamden and Bethany there were significant reports of damage, including structural and tree damage.

The same area was hit by a tornado event in May 2018. Hanrahan reported Friday that after surveying the damage, Thursday's impact appeared more widespread than in 2018, with more snapped hardwood trees and more structural damage, such as damage to roofs.

Bethany, which was hit by an EF-1 tornado Thursday, was also hit by a tornado in 2018.

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