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Cleanup continues after microbursts hit North Haven, Ridgefield

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Microburst confirmed in North Haven (WFSB) Microburst confirmed in North Haven (WFSB)
Damage in North Haven. (WFSB photo) Damage in North Haven. (WFSB photo)
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Microbursts were confirmed in North Haven and Ridgefield, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS said it is not making a trip to Connecticut, as damage was not caused by a tornado. It was able to ascertain what happened through its own radar.

It also said that a line of thunderstorms produced multiple microbursts across southern Connecticut Tuesday afternoon.

Winds of between 90 and 95 mph were measured in the towns and elsewhere. That's same strength of an EF-1 tornado.

Trees were toppled and roads were closed as a result of the damage.

A microburst is a downburst that sinks from a thunderstorm. Meteorologists said their damage can be confused with that of tornadoes, but they are classified as straight line winds.

Officials in North Haven announced on Tuesday that they believed they were hit with a microburst.

Homeowners and contractors worked side by side on Wednesday cleaning up trees that dropped Tuesday during the microburst.

"There was a wall of wind that came from behind the houses across the street and once it passed those houses I couldn't see them no more. Then when it hit towards our house all the trees started snapping," Diane Madore said.

Miraculously nobody got hurt during the storms. Most houses were spared serious damage, and the roads that were blocked have since reopened.

"It was like twigs snapping all around never heard anything like it. It was really scary," Brian Madore said.

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