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04augAll DayWestport (Fairfield County, CT)

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Start Time:  1:40 pm EDT

End Time:  1:41 pm EDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds:  95-105 mph

Path length:  50 yards

Width:  25 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

County:  Fairfield

State:  Connecticut

Start Lat/Lon:  41.097458 / -73.377742

End Lat/Lon:  Unknown


A discrete, low topped storm cell, moving north northwest from Long Island Sound and over Saugatuck Shores in Westport CT, produced a waterspout, that made landfall as an EF1 tornado around 140pm on August 4 2020. The waterspout was captured on video by a private meteorologist as it was moving towards Saugatuck Shores in Westport CT around 140pm. The tornado produced severe damage to a house on Surf Rd, with the roof being ripped off, as well as portions of the second floor’s supporting wall structure. This debris was tossed about 30-50 feet north on the property. In addition, the tops of several pine trees in the front and side yard were either sheared or snapped off. The tornado likely quickly lifted and possibly tracked north as a funnel cloud for another 1 to 2 miles, before dissipating. The funnel cloud could have touched down as a waterspout on the Saugatuck River, south of Route 1, based on an eyewitness report from S Compo Rd in Westport, CT. Otherwise, downstream damage reports are inconclusive for tornado damage, but consistent with the damaging 40 to 50 mph straight line sustained winds and 60 to 70 mph gusts observed between 2pm and 5pm across southwestern CT from Tropical Storm Isaias. Many thanks to Westport Fire Department, Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, local CT Media, private sector meteorologists, and the public for their assistance in this storm survey.


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