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Four Tornadoes Confirmed In Connecticut

Two tornadoes were reported between Southbury and Oxford and Beacon Falls and Hamden in New Haven County. Photo Credit: National Weather Service
Four tornadoes during Tuesday's severe storm system have been confirmed across Connecticut. Photo Credit: Wolcott Police Department via Facebook

The National Weather Service has confirmed that two additional tornadoes made landfall in western Connecticut during Tuesday's intense storms, bringing the total number to pummel the state to four.

An EF1 tornado hit Winsted with reported maximum winds of 95 miles per hour, traveling for almost a mile, uprooting trees and damaging all in its path. The storm then moved to the Barkhamsted Reservoir, traveling for a path of 175 yards.

The other two tornadoes were reported by the NWS between Southbury and Oxford and Beacon Falls and Hamden in New Haven County.

The Southbury tornado was rated as an EF1 and traveled over a four-mile path, 400-yards wide with wind speeds topping 100 miles per hour. The NWS said the tornado touched down near the intersection of Route 67 and Burma Road in Southbury and continued southeast into Oxford, leaving a path of numerous uprooted and snapped pine trees and some hardwood trees. The tornado lifted after damaging the roof of the Great Oak School in Oxford.

The Beacon Falls EF1 tornado with winds of 110 miles per hour touched down around 5 p.m. and traveled for more than nine miles with a 600-yard-wide path. The NWS said the tornado touched down near the intersection of Bethany Road and Bonna Street in Beacon Falls, destroyed a barn in Bethany, and continued on to just west of Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden.

In addition, a macroburst was confirmed from New Fairfield to Brookfield around 4:37 p.m. with wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, traveling for nine miles over a three-mile-wide path, according to the NWS.

In all, the state suffered two fatalities, several injuries, and hundreds of downed power lines, causing massive power outages.

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