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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
1046 PM EDT FRI AUG 28 2020

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 08/27/2020 TORNADO AND MICROBURST 
EVENTS...

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED FROM BETHANY TO NORTH HAVEN CT...

START LOCATION...BETHANY IN NEW HAVEN CT 
END LOCATION...NORTH HAVEN IN NEW HAVEN CT 
DATE...08/27/2020 
ESTIMATED TIME...353 PM TO 403 PM EDT 
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1 
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...110 MPH 
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...500 YARDS 
PATH LENGTH...11.1 MILES 
BEGINNING LAT/LON...41.448, -72.992 
ENDING LAT/LON...41.349, -72.828 
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE

...SUMMARY...

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.

$$


...MULTIPLE MICROBURSTS AFFECTING EAST HAVEN, BRANFORD, NORTH
BRANFORD, GUILFORD, AND NORTH HAVEN IN CT...

LOCATION...EAST HAVEN, BRANFORD, NORTH BRANFORD, GUILFORD, AND 
NORTH HAVEN IN NEW HAVEN, CT 
DATE...08/27/2020 
ESTIMATED TIME...403 PM TO 415 PM EDT 
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90-100 MPH 
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...UP TO 1/2 MILE. 
PATH LENGTH...6 TO 7 MILES 
BEGINNING LAT/LON...41.448, -72.992 
ENDING ALONG THE NEW HAVEN COAST
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE

...SUMMARY... 

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 NUMEROUS LOCALIZED MICROBURSTS WITH ESTIMATED 
WINDS SPEEDS OF 90 TO 100 MPH AND PATH WIDTHS AS MUCH AS ONE HALF 
MILE FANNED OUT ALONG THE NEW HAVEN COAST FROM EAST HAVEN TO 
GUILFORD.

THE MICROBURSTS BEGAN WHERE THE UPSTREAM EF1 TORNADO DISSIPATED, 
IN THE FAR SOUTHEAST CORNER OF NORTH HAVEN, AND THEN SWEPT DOWN TO
THE COAST IN MULTIPLE SPOTS. THE PREVAILING PATTERN WAS NUMEROUS 
HARDWOOD TREES BEING UPROOTED OR TRUNKS SNAPPED, AS WELL AS 
NUMEROUS UTILITY POLES AND WIRES DOWNED OR SNAPPED, AND SOME 
ACCOMPANYING STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.

IN GUILFORD, MODERATE TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ON DROMARA ROAD, 
AS WELL AS OLD QUARRY RD, WHERE A CAR WAS CRUSHED. IN NORTH 
BRANFORD, MODERATE TO HEAVY TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ON SUNSET RD,
OAK HILL DR, BROOK RD, AND VIRGINIA RD AREAS. 18 HOMES IN THIS 
AREA WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED AS WELL. IN BRANFORD, HEAVY TREE DAMAGE 
WAS OBSERVED IN THE LAUREL HILL AND PISCITELLO DRIVE AREAS. HEAVY 
TREE DAMAGE WITH A HOUSE DESTROYED WAS OBSERVED AT VICTOR HILL. 
SEVERAL MORE HOMES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED, WITH A FEW OF THE HARDEST
HIT AREAS OF TOWN STILL NOT ACCESSIBLE. FINALLY IN EAST HAVEN, 
THERE WERE SEVERAL POCKETS OF HEAVY TREE AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IN 
THE FOXON AREA, WITH SEVERAL HOMES BEING STRUCK BY TREES. THE EAST
HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BY THE 
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS, WITH GRANDSTAND BLEACHERS FLIPPED OVER AND 
THE ASTRO-TURF PEELED OFF THE FIELD.

THE MICROBURSTS ULTIMATELY EXITED AND FANNED ONTO CENTRAL LONG 
ISLAND SOUND.

&&

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, LAW 
ENFORCEMENT, BROADCAST MEDIA, SKYWARN SPOTTERS, AND REPORTS FROM 
THE GENERAL PUBLIC THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA, IN FORMULATING THIS 
PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE 
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH 
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH 
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH 
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH 
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH 
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO 
  CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS 
  STORM DATA.

$$

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