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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOSTON/NORTON MA
1018 PM EDT SUN JUL 18 2021

...NWS DAMAGE REPORT FOR JULY 18 2021 TORNADO IN SOMERS CONNECTICUT...

START LOCATION...SOMERS IN TOLLAND COUNTY CT
END LOCATION...SOMERS IN TOLLAND COUNTY CT
DATE...JULY 18 2021
ESTIMATED TIME...611 TO 618 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.9 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...41.9758/-72.4474
ENDING LAT/LON...41.9997/-72.4292
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

...SUMMARY...
A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN THIS EVENING IN THE TOWN OF SOMERS IN 
NORTHERN TOLLAND COUNTY, CONNECTICUT. AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS 
FOLLOWED UP ON A TIP FROM A TRAINED SKYWARN WEATHER SPOTTER VIA 
SOCIAL MEDIA AND THEN UNCOVERED MANY REPORTS. WE THEN SPOKE WITH
SOMERS FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS, AN EYEWITNESS WHO OBSERVED THE 
TORNADO, AND VIEWED SEVERAL VIDEOS ONLINE. THE FOLLOWING 
INFORMATION SUMMARIZES ALL OF THESE REPORTS.  

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON COLONIAL DRIVE, THEN TRACKED TO THE 
NORTH-NORTHEAST, IMPACTING LAKE DRIVE JUST SOUTH OF SHADY LAKE,
KIBEE DRIVE, A PORTION OF MAIN STREET (ROUTE 190), BATTLE STREET,
AND ENDED IN THE VICINITY OF HICKORY HILL DRIVE. THIS IS A PATH
LENGTH OF 1.9 MILES. THE APPROXIMATE PATH WIDTH WAS 75 YARDS.
DAMAGE PHOTOS LED TO ESTIMATES OF MAXIUMUM WIND SPEEDS OF 75 TO 80
MPH, WHICH PUTS THIS ON THE MID TO UPPER END OF THE EF0 CATEGORY 
OF THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. THE TIME, BASED ON RADAR, FIRE
DEPARTMENT LOGS, AND AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT, WAS FROM 611 PM TO 
618 PM EDT.

SEVERAL LARGE PINE TREES WERE DOWNED ON COLONIAL DRIVE AND TWO CARS 
WERE DESTROYED BY THE FALLING TREES. APPROXIMATELY 19 TREES WERE 
SNAPPED, TWISTED, AND UPROOTED ON LAKE DRIVE. A RESIDENT OF LAKE 
DRIVE HEARD A LOUD WHIRRING NOISE AND OBSERVED THE TOPS OF TREES 
FLYING BY THE HOUSE. SHINGLES WERE MISSING ON A HOUSE NEXT DOOR.
A PLAYSCAPE WAS LIFTED UP AND LANDED APPROXIMATELY 50 FEET AWAY. 
ON MAIN STREET, A SMALL CORNER OF A ROOF WAS EXPOSED WITH ADDITIONAL 
DAMAGE ALONG THE LENGTH OF THE GUTTER. FARTHER TO THE NORTHEAST, 
A FEW LARGE OAK TREES WERE SNAPPED ON HICKORY HILL DRIVE. 

THIS STORM WAS LOW-TOPPED AND DID NOT POSSESS ANY LIGHTNING...ONLY
HEAVY RAIN. HOWEVER, ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS...HIGH HUMIDITY AND JUST
ENOUGH WIND SHEAR ALOFT...WERE STRONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE THIS 
ISOLATED SPIN-UP.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD AGAIN LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE 
PEOPLE WHO FORWARDED THE INFORMATION AND TOOK THE TIME TO DETAIL 
THEIR ACCOUNTS.

&&

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

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

$$
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