NWS confirms tornado touched down in northern Litchfield County


COLEBROOK, CT (WFSB) – The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in northern Litchfield County on Thursday.

The tornado began at 6:35 p.m. in Norfolk about 2 miles south of Dennis Hill State Park, the NWS said.

The NWS said it ended around 6:50 p.m. in Colebrook.

It had a maximum width of 300 meters and traveled 5 miles with peak winds of 75 mph, the NWS said.

The NWS classified it as an EF-0 tornado.

No one was hurt.

The tornado caused falling trees and broken branches.

State troopers said they received reports of high winds and trees in the area of ​​Millbrook Road and Route 44 at the Winsted line.

No roads were closed.

“A few barns along Pinney Street have lost siding and one of the barns had a door torn off,” the NWS said.

Channel 3 viewer Justin Parizo spotted the tornado at Dennis Hill in Norfolk on Thursday evening.

Parizo spoke to Eyewitness News about what he saw.

He said when he saw the storm was near, he decided to go to Dennis Hill with his girlfriend to watch the funnel cloud form.

“I mean, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Connecticut, I mean, it was pretty amazing,” Parizo said. “We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.”

Others got a glimpse of their backyard.

“It was going around in circles. All the trees and leaves were blowing, the sky went black, then in a minute it was gone,” said John Meehan of Colebrooke.

John Meehan says the next thing he knew the trees had fallen and the power was out when the tornado passed through.

Just a mile away, neighbors say they had no idea there was even a tornado.

“I found out about 5 minutes ago and that was literally it. ‘We had a tornado? Oh right? When?'” Jason Mikolajcik of Colebrooke said.

Jason, Ali and their dog, Monkey, say they’re no strangers to tornadoes.

“We lived in Texas and tornadoes happened a lot,” Ali said.

Not everyone has experience of tornadoes. Channel 3 meteorologist Connor Lewis gives us some tips if you’re in a dangerous tornado situation.

“It’s a good reminder that life-threatening weather can happen in CT and there are steps you can take to make sure you’re safe, like staying inside your home, listening to our weather reports. , and really the best way to find out as quickly as possible with our app or by watching us on TV,” Lewis said.

Channel 3 meteorologist Connor Lewis explained why a tornado warning was not issued on Thursday evening.

Often, rotating storms or severe thunderstorms in New England are shallow and short-lived.

This part of the state is in an area of ​​poor radar coverage, which means our radar will only be able to scan at 6,000 feet above the ground.

“It was kind of the perfect storm for this little cell in Litchfield County to spin around and then with a funnel cloud coming down there was a brief spinning tornado, this EF-0 tornado had some wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour,” said meteorologist Connor Lewis.

Colebrook sits between the radars of Albany, Boston and New York.

Tornado vortex signatures are going to be well below 6000 feet, so neither Channel 3 nor the National Weather Service would have been able to detect the tornado.

The NWS confirmed that a tornado touched down in Colebrook on Thursday.

Channel 3 viewer Justin Parizo spotted the possible tornado at Dennis Hill in Norfolk around 7pm.

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