Tornados Touch Down in Kent and Dutchess County
If you live in or near Kent, CT, or in Amenia, NY, you might have heard what sounded like a freight train rumbling past your house on Wednesday between 2:49 p.m. and 2:51 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, as reported on by the Daily Voice, an EFO tornado touched down just north of Bulls Bridge, CT, and moved Northeast into South Kent. An EFO is the weakest of the five tornado classifications, with winds blowing between 65 to 85 mph. An EF5 twister destroys everything in its path with winds of more than 200 mph.
The Dutchess County, NY twister clocked in as an EF1 with winds up to 85 mph. The storm touched down just south of Amenia and then made its way into the village. Both tornados caused some minor property damage and uprooted trees, but there were no injuries reported.
If you live in the towns of Brookfield, New Fairfield, or Southbury, I'm sure you'll remember May 15, 2018, when tornados and macrobursts hit all three towns, causing $23.7 million in damage and clean-up costs.
A consistent line of thunderstorms traveled across Pennsylvania and New York and then slammed into northwestern and western Connecticut. According to weather.gov, at 4:37 p.m. on May 18, 2018, a macroburst loaded with 110 mph winds rammed through New Fairfield and Brookfield leaving a trail of uprooted trees, downed power lines, and damaged homes.
At 4:53 p.m., a tornado with winds of 100 mph touched down in Southbury and Oxford, destroying trees, ripping off roofs, and littering back roads with downed trees and poles.
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