Litchfield, Conn. (WTNH) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a total of threetornadoes touched down in Litchfield County on Wednesday.
The first one touched ground in the East Litchfield area around3:30 p.m. NWS officials rate it as an EF-1 tornado. The estimatedmaximum wind speed was 100-miles-per-hour and the width of thestorm was estimated at 100-yards.
The second twister touched down in the town of Thomaston. NWSofficials say that one, also an EF-1, started ripping through thearea at 3:50 p.m. This storm also had maximum winds estimated at100-miles-per-hour but the path width is estimated at 50-yards.
The third storm touched down in the town ofTerryville inLitchfield County. The NWS says that EF-1 devastated the area atabout 4:05 p.m with winds capping at 100-miles-per-hour.
Caitlin Beres of Litchfield says she and her family were caughtoff guard when the storm struck.
"I turned on the weather and it was 3:40pm and I was like, 'oh,here it comes,' and it came. It was loud and you didn't know whatwas going on. It was scary. I took her into the bathroom cause youdidn't know what was going on," she said.
The storm toppled trees and power lines, leaving thousands inthe dark.
"No power at all. We're not opening the fridge, trying to savethe food. Try to bring them to the park and try to stay out of thehouse," said Jason Beres.
So far there have been no reports of major damage to anybuildings in Litchfield.
"Very minimal. I haven't heard of any buildings being damagedso we were very fortunate," said Jack Healy, Director of PublicWorks.
It was a similar story in Plymouth. A tree fell on a house onNorth Street, and right in the center of town a gas station canopywas damaged.
The first selectman in Sharon tells News 8 that trees and linesare down everywhere in his town as well, including a 200-year oldmaple in front of Sharon Center School.
Thursday evening, there were just a handful of scattered outagesin Litchfield, Sharon and Plymouth. At the height of the storm morethan 81,500 customers were out statewide. CL&P says powershould be restored to the majority of customers by late Thursdaynight.
"We made tremendous progress since the storm hit late yesterdayafternoon, and we appreciate everyone's patience as we continue tosafely restore power as quickly as possible," said Jeff Butler, thepresident and chief operating officer for CL&P. "More than 200utility crews from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshirehave done an excellent job dealing with the storm damage."
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