27augAll DayHamden (New Haven County, CT)


Start Time:  3:53 pm EDT

End Time:  4:03 pm EDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds:  110 mph

Path length:  11.1 miles

Width:  500 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

County:  New Haven

State:  Connecticut

Start Lat/Lon:  41.448 / -72.992

End Lat/Lon:  41.349 / -72.828

Based on a National Weather Service damage survey done in conjunction with CT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and local CT town emergency managements, it has been determined that a strong EF1 tornado, with maximum wind speed of 110 mph, tracked southeast from Bethany to North Haven CT. The tornado first touched down in a forested area to the southeast of Judd Hill Rd in Bethany CT. The tornado tracked southeast over primarily forested areas from Amity Rd, to Munson Rd towards Litchfield Tpke, creating a path of damage about 75 yards wide, with hardwood tree damage consistent with wind speeds of 80 to 90 mph. The path of damage widened to around 300 yards as the tornado tracked southeast towards Lake Bethany. Structural damage, including significant roof damage to several homes, and snapped hardwood trees indicated wind speeds of around 100 mph in this area. The tornado path continued southeast for another 4 miles to near the town center of Hamden CT, with tree and structural damage indicative of wind speeds of 70 to 80 mph. The intensity picked up significantly as the tornado approached the center of Hamden, as evidenced by extensive damage to numerous buildings, including the flat roof of a 2 story building across from Hamden Town Hall being torn apart. Wind speeds are estimated to be around 100 mph based on the damage to these buildings, bent metal fencing around town hall, and uprooted and snapped trees. The tornado reached maximum strength and width from this point on as it continued southeast across Wilbur Cross Parkway, Interstate 91, and down to the intersection of Arrowdale and Thompson St in North Haven, CT. Tremendous hardwood tree damage and structural damage was indicative of wind speeds of 110 mph and an expanded width of 500 yards. It is a this point that the tornado appears to have dissipated with its destructive straight line winds fanning out to the coast.


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