WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) -- Parts of the state are recovering after a tornado touched down Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service has confirmed it came down near Windsor Locks.
The E-F 1 twister was apparently on the ground for a two and a half mile stretch, throwing some trees onto houses and flipping a semi.
No one was hurt.
The tornado tore through the sports dome in East Windsor, just minutes after 29 kid campers and their counselors managed to escape.
"I turned around and just heard this incredible noise and saw day light, which you don't see because the dome was up, and the dome just went," said Kathy Russotto, Sports World manager.
The roof of the Sports World Dome lifted up and landed on the side of I-91. Lights that once hung inside now hang from trees.
The National Weather Service confirmed around 1:30 Monday afternoon, the EF-1 tornado traveled from Windsor Locks through East Windsor, flipping over a truck that had to be towed, ripping a tree from its roots, gutting soccer goals and destroying the dome.
"This isn't typical of what happens," said Kate Muratore, Sports World co-owner.
The owner of Sports World says the dome is built to withstand up to 75 mile per hour winds. But, it was no match for this surprise storm.
"They have been known to come down, other domes in the area, but that's usually heavy snow, a lot of rain, stuff like that. I haven't heard of anything like this happening," said Muratore.
On Monday night, the focus was not on the rebuilding work ahead, but the lives saved. At Sports World, the manager is being praised a hero.
"She's just wonderful with kids, time and time again, she just proves to be invaluable," said Muratore.
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