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Weather service confirms tornado in Tolland County

By Greg Smith

Publication: theday.com

Published July 11. 2013 7:00PM   Updated July 11. 2013 7:56PM

The National Weather Service’s office in Taunton, Mass. has confirmed a tornado touched down Wednesday in the Coventry and Mansfield area of Tolland County.

A team of meteorologists which traveled to the area Thursday found an 11-mile long and 100-yard wide path of damage from Andover to Mansfield, according to a National Weather Service statement. Numerous trees were toppled, snapped or uprooted though no injuries were reported.

The tornado was classified as an EF-1 on the Fujita scale, with maximum wind speeds of 90 mph.

The tornado touched down in Andover at about 5:20 p.m. and lifted in Mansfield around 5:51 p.m.

The weather service says it was the fourth of the year in Connecticut following three small tornadoes that touched down during storms on July 1 in Greenwich, Stamford, Enfield and Windsor Locks.

The weather service said the survey team did not find any evidence of a tornado in Tolland, where numerous trees were toppled.  All of the downed trees were blown down in the same direction, indicative of a microburst with winds that do not have rotation.

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