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Surveillance video of North Haven tornado shows short but destructive storm

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A neighbor's surveillance camera captured footage of trees falling during Wednesday's tornado in North Haven. (iWitness photo) A neighbor's surveillance camera captured footage of trees falling during Wednesday's tornado in North Haven. (iWitness photo)
A small tornado touched down in North Haven Wednesday afternoon. (WFSB photo) A small tornado touched down in North Haven Wednesday afternoon. (WFSB photo)
NORTH HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A massive cleanup project that began on Wednesday continued into Thursday, especially for people in North Haven whose property was blasted by a tornado.

The storm was powerful enough to wipe out power lines and a number of trees.

Eyewitness News obtained surveillance video from a homeowner that showed the storm's short but destructive rampage.

The tornado blitzed through the Montowese section of the town, right through residential neighborhoods.

The sound of chainsaws cut through the silence of the early morning hours of Thursday. They diced up huge trees that were ripped right from their roots.

"It went right through he middle of all of our backyards so had it been about 40 feet closer, I think a lot of our homes would have had a direct hit," said Johna Iwanec of North Haven. "We saw stuff, debris flying all over the place, assumed it was a tornado and we went running for cover." 

No one was hurt, but people in the area told Eyewitness News that they were shaken.

Eyewitness video captured the twister as it barreled through the area. The person who recorded it described the sound as "freight-train-like."

The National Weather Service classified it as an EF-0 tornado with winds in excess of 70 mph.

Though it only lasted 90 seconds, the storm left many residents scared and lots of damage.

Driveways were blocked by downed limbs, brush and debris over a 2 mile radius.

"I live over on Fitch Street, right across from Governors and me and my grandmother watched all the trees come down," said Brandon Porter of North Haven. "Just to see trash cans flying through, dirt flying everywhere, but as soon as it was done, everyone ran out of their houses to make sure everyone was okay and I think that's what really matters. Everyone is fine and this is stuff that can be fixed."  

On Thursday, chain saws could be heard cutting through the morning calm, and the massive trees, as a number of different crews got to work.

"We had the same situation happen a couple of years ago, with another tree from another storm," John Vanacore said.

He said he expects the clean up to take days, just based on the size of the trees.

To see the extent of the damage from the tornado, click here.

The NWS said the North Haven tornado wasn't the only one to touch down from the storms.

It said another hit near Mattituck, NY.

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