It might have been just a EF0 tornado (the lowest, least powerful one, rated on the EF scale), but for parts of the town of Wolcott, Connecticut it was bad enough.
The National Weather Service’s New York office has confirmed that a weak tornado touched down in Wolcott.
The “EF0″ level tornado touched down at 12:50 p.m, the National Weather service tweeted at 4:39 p.m. The small tornado had an estimated wind speed of 80 to 85 miles per hour and spanned about .62 miles, according to its preliminary findings.
A level 0 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale is a week tornado estimated to reach 65 to 85 miles per hour in a three-second gust, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The National Weather Service sent a representative to investigate with the help of Wolcott Emergency Management officials.
“The path began near the intersection of Minor Road and Center Street where a tree was uprooted and facing west” and finally lifted near Stagecoach Lane.
The tornado caused “intermittent tree damage” and “continued along a path to the northeast to Wolcott High School,” blowing “large fixed sports equipment” across the field and knocking down a fence, according to the report.
“Several trees were also topped” and the tornado knocked down several other trees to the northeast on Kalko Drive, the National Weather Service reported.
Here are some of the clouds yesterday afternoon after the tornado had passed through Wolcott. Luckily, we were spared here in Marlborough from any severe weather……this time.