What an active season!! Connecicut has an average of 1.3 tornadoes per year. Now a THIRD tornado has been confirmed by the National Weather Service. This tornado also occured on July 31st (the same day as the storm in Shelton). Sometimes it takes the NWS a little time to investigate damage before they make a confirmation. The EF1 tornado with winds of up to 100 miles an hour storm touched down in Madison (New Haven County) at 4:28 PM. The twister had a path width of 100 mph and traveled a distance of 2.75 miles. Old trees were uprooted by the fierce winds.
Click here to see pics of the damage from the Madison Volunteer Fire Department
Here is the entire statement issued by the National Weather Service:
"...TORNADO CONFIRMED ON JULY 31 AT MADISON IN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CT...
LOCATION...MADISON IN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CT
DATE...JULY 31 2009
ESTIMATED TIME...428 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...2.75 MILES
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK NY...IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NORTH MADISON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY AND THE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF MADISON....HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO AT MADISON IN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CT ON JULY 31 2009.
THE TORNADO CUT A NARROW...DISCONTINUOUS SWATH OF DAMAGE NEARLY 3 MILES LONG FROM NEAR COPSE TRAIL EAST-SOUTHEAST TO HULL ROAD BETWEEN ACORN AND SAXON ROADS. DOWNED TREES ON WELLSWEEP DRIVE WERE STREWN IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS IN A PATTERN INDICATIVE OF A TORNADO. SNAPPED AND UPROOTED HARDWOOD TREES WERE ALSO INDICATIVE OF MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS AROUND 100 MPH...OR EF1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE."