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Governor tours tornado damage

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy talks with residents in Windsor Locks, who suffered damage to their property. (Photo Courtesy: Governor's Office) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy talks with residents in Windsor Locks, who suffered damage to their property. (Photo Courtesy: Governor's Office)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy meets with Windsor Locks First Selectman Steven Wawruck to discus damage left from Monday's tornado (Photo Courtesy: Governor's Office) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy meets with Windsor Locks First Selectman Steven Wawruck to discus damage left from Monday's tornado (Photo Courtesy: Governor's Office)
WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited areas in Windsor and East Windsor on Tuesday that were damaged by Monday afternoon's tornado.

Malloy first visited OJ Thrall Tobacco farms where about 40 acres were damaged with 30 of that being completely destroyed.

"There are ebbs and flows and patterns in weather conditions and we are in a bad portion of one of those," Malloy said. "If it were to end it would be OK with me."

OJ Thrall Tobacco farms is one of the biggest producers of cigars in the state and sells them all over the world.

The business suffered a "setback" Monday after the storm, however none of the hundreds of workers are expected to be cut. The dollar amount on the damage is unknown.

Malloy made an announcement that farmers, who suffered damage because of the tornado, are eligible to apply plant grants, which he unveiled on June 23.

"Yesterday's tornado ripped through farmland, delivering the latest blow in a series of storms that have inflicted threatening wounds to some of our state's farms," said Malloy in a statement. "I want to be very clear about the fact that these small businesses have my support and are eligible to apply for this special assistance to get back on their feet."

OJ Thrall Tobacco farms is not expected to apply for the plant grants.

"Farmers are adept at dealing with the whims of Mother Nature and recovering from her changing moods, but it seems she's been particularly temperamental this year," said Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky in a statement. "There are only so many times that even the toughest among us can get knocked down before needing a hand to get back up."

The Department of Economic and Community Development is offering up to $5 million in help through the grants.

It is unclear when the damage will be cleaned up at OJ Thrall Tobacco farms. Farmers are not sure if they can salvage any of the netting. 

Later this afternoon, Malloy will stop at Sports World to check the damage done by the collapse of the building.

"I just want to come by and see the damage and figure out how we can help some of our communities," he told counselors at Sports World.

He thanked them for having a plan in place and getting all the campers to safety.

Malloy also met with residents in East Windsor, Windsor and Windsor Locks, who suffered damaged to their property.

For more information, click the following link, http://www.CTGrown.gov

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