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NWS confirms tornado touched down in Wolcott

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On Kalko Drive where a tree fell on a trailer On Kalko Drive where a tree fell on a trailer
WOLCOTT, CT (WFSB) -

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Wolcott on Sunday.

Wolcott Police Chief Edward Stephens said there was a little more than one half of a mile of damage in the area.

The National Weather Service said the tornado was a "weak EF-0," which means it produced winds of between 65 and 85 miles per hour.

"I saw the wind picking up and I said to my wife we need to pull up the awnings, it's getting real bad," said Bernie Nolan of Wolcott.

The path reportedly began near the intersection of Minor Road and Center Street where a tree was uprooted.

At the high school, equipment was knocked over and thrown across the field and a fence line was blown down.

A baseball batting cage was dismantled and multiple garbage cans were tipped over with trash flying all over the grass.

"The fields are pretty messed up and that's probably going to affect everyone because, as you can see, we're here working out and if we don't have a field that's not good," said Jamall Smith.

In the area of Kalko Drive, several trees were also downed and a large tree fell on a trailer and the roof of a home.

"I heard a loud bang and I ran upstairs to check for the kids and make sure they were all right. They both were. I came outside and the tree was on the camper, the house and the vehicles," said Pamela Bisaillon.

There were no injuries reported in Wolcott after the tornado.

"Everyone is OK and I'm grateful for that because it was really scary and really loud. It sounded like a train. It was really nerve-racking," Bisaillon added.

Just a few blocks away from the Bisaillon home, a tree crashed into the front of a house on Stagecoach Lane. Branden Strileckis showed Eyewitness News pictures of his damaged pool and a trampoline, which flew into the woods. 

"It was scary. Having four kids, the biggest thing was I wanted to make sure they were safe," said Strileckis.

A day like today puts everything into perspective for these families. 

"It could have been 10 times worse. It goes to show what's important in life - making sure everyone else was OK," said Strileckis.

The National Weather Service said the tornado lifted around Stagecoach Lane where a tree was uprooted as well.

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