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NWS confirms small tornado touched down in North Haven today

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Trees were uprooted across parts of North Haven on Wednesday. (JA2 Aerial Productions) Trees were uprooted across parts of North Haven on Wednesday. (JA2 Aerial Productions)
North Haven residents are cleaning up after a possible small tornado moved through town on Wednesday. (WFSB) North Haven residents are cleaning up after a possible small tornado moved through town on Wednesday. (WFSB)
This tree struck a house and cars on Middletown Avenue in North Haven. (North Haven Fire Dept.) This tree struck a house and cars on Middletown Avenue in North Haven. (North Haven Fire Dept.)
NORTH HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The National Weather Service confirmed a small tornado touched down in North Haven on Wednesday afternoon.

The NWS said a "Weak EF-0" tornado touched down around 1:30 p.m.

The winds from the tornado reached speeds of 70 mph and the path was 2.16 miles long. 

There are trees and power lines down after the small tornado hit the Montowese section of town. Several homes were damaged because of the weather.

To see more pictures of the damage on your mobile device, click here

Police officers and firefighters have been assessing the damage in the Montowese section of town. The American Red Cross is also in that area, assessing the situation and asking if anyone needed assistance. There were no reported injuries. 

"I heard there was like a freight train," Nick Iwanec, of North Haven, said. "It came right through and the tornado was right here. It was the loudest thing I ever heard in my life honestly 

People who live in the area said the high winds only lasted a few minutes, but it was scary. Residents said it was like a bomb went off in the area, with trees being uprooted.

"I just heard a loud 'bang.' That's it. This all happened, everything you see in a matter of seconds...next second. Clear skies. Came out the tree was down and made sure no one was hurt," said Edgar Rosado, of North Haven.

Caridad Damiani, of Hamden, didn't realize she was driving right next to a tornado on Wednesday.

"I was driving along towards New Haven when I noticed a massive dark cloud off to my right. Literally in a matter of seconds it was on top of me I literally drove right through it. And it was pretty intense," she said.

"This was just instantaneous havoc being wreaked by Mother Nature," said CJ Flinter, who had sent Eyewitness News video of the tornado in North Haven.

He stopped his wrecker truck by the North Haven railroad tracks when the tornado zipped by. He was about 50 yards away but made sure to grab his phone.

"I was trying to get a video so I could show people, because no ones going to believe me that a tornado's ripping right through North Haven," Flinter said.

Krista Kaplan didn't see the tornado, but with two tiny children in the house, the sound alone was enough to send chills down her spine.

"I was actually rocking my 1-year-old to sleep and (it was) pouring, got really quiet and then all of a sudden it was really loud. It kind of sounded like a freight train," Kaplan said.

With all things considered, many impacted by the tornado said they were all pretty fortunate nobody was hurt.

Police said in a Facebook post that they anticipate extended power outages as United Illuminating is working to restore service. UI officials said all are lines directly to homes and will be fixed on Wednesday. 

Check the power outage status here.

“The North Haven Police Department will continue with high visibility patrols in the affected area. Although it is tempting to explore the affected neighborhoods, we ask that residents remain home for their safety, and the safety of emergency crews.”

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