COVENTRY, Conn. (WTNH) — The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-0 touched down in Coventry Thursday morning.
Connecticut got another round of heavy rain and thunder Thursday morning, and the National Weather Service headed to Coventry to determine whether a tornado touched down in the area during that storm.
The NWS said that the tornado touched down around 4:10 a.m. near the intersection of South Street and Pucket Street. It downed several large trees in a field. It has a discontinuous path as it traveled to the East-Northeast across a wooded area.
The tornado then touched down again just north of the intersection of Flanders Road and Nathan Hale Driver where it damaged power lines and damaged at least 50 trees.
The NWS estimated the tornado was on the ground for no more than 90 seconds.
Flanders Road in Coventry is closed due to poles, powerlines, and trees down.
Storm Team 8 monitored a Tornado Warning at 4 a.m. Thursday in Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties. The warning has since been lifted.
One thing is for sure: it was very scary to live through, especially coming in the dark when most people were asleep. One woman told News 8 their family dog warned them something was wrong, and, she and her husband say, it was three minutes of hell.
Leslie Dutil of Coventry explained, “As they say, it was a freight train noise and then everything started pelting the garage door, and then it was a blackout, and then it was quiet. And then we sat in the dark for a bit. He got the generator running and we went out to assess the damage and it’s pretty brutal.”
Karen Bement, the owner of a home on Flanders Road, said that at least part of seven trees came down. One of the trees landed on her back deck, another hit the side of the house and another one in the front yard hit the cars.
“I looked out my window and a tree came crashing down right in front of the window in the back yard,” Bement said.
She told News 8 there is some damage to the home, but she feels fortunate because no one was injured and the house did not sustain any serious damage.
“A little overwhelming at this point. But we’ll get things worked out and taken care of. The most important thing is we didn’t get hurt,” Bement said.
Though there is less property damage, it could also mean the homeowner may have to pay out of pocket to get these removed.
More severe weather is on the horizon. Thursday will bring periods of heavy rain and thunder through the afternoon. Humid with highs in the 70s. Watch out for flash flooding; do not drive over standing water!
Friday will be drier, sunny with highs in the mid-70s.
There are hundreds of utility customers without power Thursday morning.
As of 3:41 p.m. Thursday, there are 151 Eversource customers with no power.
If you see any downed powerlines, assume that they are live. Stay away from them and call 911.
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