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CT Tornado Touchdown Confirmed By National Weather Service

Work crews survey the damage from a tornado in Coventry.
Work crews survey the damage from a tornado in Coventry. Photo Credit: Eversource

National Weather Service officials in Connecticut have confirmed a tornado touched down in the state.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale EF-0 tornado occurred around 4:10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, in the middle of a severe storm in Tolland County in the town of Coventry.

The tornado, which reached speeds of 75 mph, traveled for nearly 80 yards before it died out, the weather service said.

The tornado initially touched down near the intersection of South and Pucket streets, downing several large trees in a field, officials said.

The storm continued to travel where it knocked down additional trets until reached just north of the intersection of Flanders Road and Nathan Hale Drive where it damaged power lines and then again moved to a wooded area.

 At least 50 trees were damaged in this area with many having their tops sheared off and over a dozen were blown down.

Two residents reported hearing the tornado warning and moved to safety in the basement where they heard a loud wind that lasted just moments, the Weather Service said. 

The tornado is estimated to have been on the ground for about 90 seconds.

Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into five categories:

  • EF0 - Weak, winds of 65 to 85 mph
  • EF1 - Weak, winds of 86 to 110 mph
  • EF2 - Strong, winds of 111 to 135 mph
  • EF3 - Strong, winds of 136 to 165 mph
  • EF4 - Violent, winds. of 166 to 200 mph
  • EF5 - Violent, winds of more than 200 mph

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