Tornadoes Confirmed In New Haven County-Governor Issues Emergency Declaration

May 16, 2018 - 7:30 pm

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(WTIC Radio/ (AP) _ The National Weather Service says  a preliminarty survey of storm damage in New Haven County indicates an EF1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 110 miles per hour   moved along a 9 and  half mile path from Beacon Falls  to Hamden,uprooting numerous trees.A ``macroburst'' packing 100 mph winds caused extensive damage in southwestern Connecticut _ not a tornado.  

An EF1 tornado  with estimated peak winds of 100 miles per hour  moved along a 4 and a half mile path from Southbury to Oxford.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he has signed an emergency order to help Connecticut's municipalities recover from recent storms.  

The order signed Wednesday will give state agencies flexibility in helping towns slammed by Tuesday's storms.  

 A final assessment  of the results of National Weather Service  surveys conducted  Wednesday  are expected to be completed and released Thursday.

 The storms were blamed for the deaths of two people whose vehicles were hit by trees in New Fairfield and Danbury.  

 The Brookfield area was hit by the macroburst, which is a downdraft that can cause tornado-like damage.  

 The storms downed scores of trees and power lines. Eversource  reported about 71,200 power outages Wednesday night , down from a high of more than 120,000.  

Malloy says power restoration could take days in some areas. 


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