A tornado touched down briefly in Woodbury last week, according to the National Weather Service, but experts said it was a microburst that caused most of the damage in the southern part of town.
The Republican-American of Waterbury reports that a Weather Service draft report released Monday says an EF1 tornado about 30 yards wide with 100 mph winds hit the ground shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday and ran for about 100 yards.
No injuries were reported, but 100 people slept in their cars after a tree fell, knocking out power and blocking the entrance to their condo complex,the Republican-American reports.
However, a microburst caused most of the damage along a swath of land about 1 mile wide and 1½ miles long, according to the National Weather Service. At the height of the storms, more than 150,000 people did not have power.
Trees and utility poles were knocked over and some homes were damaged. A microburst is a powerful gust of wind that shoots to the ground, then blows outward and upward.