SOMERS, Conn (WTNH) — The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed a “weak” tornado touched down in Somers Sunday. At around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, the EF-0 tornado knocked down several trees in the area and ripped shingles off of several roofs.
There are down trees on Colony Drive, where the tornado touched down. It went northeast for about two miles, cutting a path of destruction about 75 yards wide.
Wind gusts were up to around 80 miles per hour.
There are no road closures at this time.
“Oh my God, this is a tornado coming,” is what Joan Ellis remembered thinking, before heading to the basement. “We weren’t even down there a minute or two minutes at the most.”
Joan and her husband only spent a couple of minutes in the basement before coming out and seeing the two huge trees uprooted in the front yard, one crushing the two cars in the driveway. A huge oak, more than 150 years old, uprooted in the back.
A bare patch of ground here in the backyard marks where there was a big, beautiful playscape for the kids to use. The tornado picked it up and smashed it on the ground about 30 feet away.
The Ellis’s neighborhood on Colonial Drive is the first place the Weather Service says the twister touched down. It was just after 6 p.m. Sunday. Then it headed north-northeast, creating swirling winds around 80 miles an hour. It ended up on Hickory Hill Drive, where Elaine Mejia and her husband saw the treetops start to spin.
“And I said, ‘grab a flashlight.’ And he grabbed a flashlight,” Mejia remembered. “Before he could get back to the stairs, the trees had fallen on the house, and it was over. the wind stopped.”
But not before trees crashed right through her roof, right on top of her bedroom. Across the street, John McLellan also saw the storm fast approaching.
“The wind picked up. Leaves and sticks and stuff were going straight up in the air, then everything turned sideways,” McLellan said.
That included trees on his barn and pickup truck. Back on Colonial Drive, Joan Ellis feels pretty lucky about her damage.
“A couple more feet and it would have been the house,” Ellis said.
With no injuries reported, most people in Somers have the right attitude, as well: It’s just stuff, it can be replaced.
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