Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

NWS: Third EF1 tornado touched down in Winsted Tuesday

NWS: Third EF1 tornado touched down in Winsted Tuesday

As the leading edge of the front moved toward the region from the west-northwest, a severe line of thunderstorms rocked the region with risky lightning, large hail, strong and damaging gusts, tornadoes, and downbursts that caused widespread damage to communities especially north of New York City. Putnam County grappled with 144 closed roads. In Newburgh, falling trees claimed the lives an 11-year-old girl in a parked auto and a woman who was driving. The third tornado, an EF0 with winds of 85 miles per hour, struck in Newburgh in Orange County.

The US National Weather Service confirmed five tornadoes touched down on the American east coast on Wednesday, as ferocious wind, rain and hail storms hit NY and ct states. More than 120,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in CT and 157,000 in NY.

On Thursday morning, the NWS determined a severe storm that moved through Litchfield County did produce am EF1 tornado on Tuesday.

There is extensive cleanup going on in both states, as people deal with widespread power outages.

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Despite the damage, there have been no reports of any injuries in Patterson.

Weather officials say they're investigating other potential tornadoes in Putnam and Orange counties. Hail was reported to be as large as tennis balls in some parts of the Hudson Valley and CT.

Tuesday's storms knocked down scores of trees and utility wires. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage.

Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

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