It wasn’t a big one, but Fairfield County was hit by a tornado on Monday, July 1, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The NWS in New York City confirmed the hit by an EF-0 tornado on Monday with the release of a public information statement Tuesday afternoon. Newtown had been put under a Tornado Warning on Monday around 11:20 am. The warning was in effect for less than 25 minutes, and was allowed to expire at 11:40 am.
The July 1 tornado reportedly touched down in Greenwich and Stamford. It lasted approximately 20 minutes, from 10:58 am until 11:08 am. Its path was 3.7 miles long, its maximum width was 150 yards, and it carried an estimated maximum wind speed of 80 mph.
The Enhanced Fujuta (EF) Scale classified tornadoes into categories by wind speeds. An EF-0 has wind speeds of 65-85 mph. An EF-1 has wind speeds of 86-110 mph. The greatest measurement on the scale, an EF-5, has wind speeds of greater than 200 mph.
According to NWS, “the tornado touched down in .. Greenwich on North Street just north of the Merritt Parkway. It continued east-northeast into … Stamford and lifted on Janes Lane approximately a half mile west of Scofieldtown Road.
“Extensive tree damage was observed along the tornado path starting on Taconic Road and continuing onto Skyridge Road. The worst tree damage was observed just south of the intersection of Stag Lane and Stanwich Road. Tree damage continued on Carrington Drive and at the Mead House Farm. The tornado started to weaken as it moved into … Stamford just south of Web Hills Road and Lynam Road. No visible structural damage was seen during the survey,” according to the statement.
No fatalities or injuries were reported.
A second tornado also touched down in the state on Monday. An EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Windsor, at 1:28 pm. That event had an estimated maximum wind speed of 90 mph, a maximum path width of 200 yards, and traveled 2.25 miles.
The NWS in Taunton, Mass., confirmed the Hartford County event, which began in Windsor and continued through portions of Windsor Locks before “ending in the 200 block of Main Street in East Windsor.”
The roof was blown off a warehouse in Windsor, and numerous trees were down, “including some that were downed onto cars and houses,” according to the weather service statement. “As the tornado traveled northeastward, tobacco tents were ripped off the tobacco fields and some tobacco was flattened. This can be seen from Interstate 91. Several eyewitnesses reported debris being lofted into the air and noise that sounded like a freight train as the tornado moved through.
“While much of the dmanage was rated EF-0,” the report continued, “there were several small areas of EF-1 damage where a sports bubble at Sports World in East Windsor ... collapsed and blew onto Interstate 91.
“Additionally, reports were received of a semi truck that was blown over on Interstate 91 South at Exit 44 in East Windsor,” the report continued.
Newtown was also part of a Flash Flood Warning issued for Fairfield County on Monday, which was also issued around 11:20 am. The warning was extended until 1:15 pm. A brief rainstorm rolled through the area, which a few loud claps of thunder, but no localized flooding was reported.