Tornado, Severe Thunderstorms Leave Damage Across State

A weak tornado touched down briefly in the area of Wolcott High School and severe thunderstorms left a trail a damage through northern part of the state Sunday afternoon and evening.

Several streets in Enfield were closed and more than 3,000 people were without power after a storm moved through the area in the early evening, officials said. Rain, lightning and hail were reported in Enfield, Somers, Ellington and Tolland.

Portions of Route 195, Old Post Road, Goose Lane and Reed Road were closed due to fallen trees or wires, Tolland fire officials said. As of 8 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power reported about 2,800 customers without power in the town, but fire officials said that power should be restored overnight.

Routes 320 and 44 were also closed near the Willington-Mansfield border because of trees and wires down, according to the Department of Transportation.

Firefighters in Enfield extinguished a house fire on Prospect Street that was caused by a lightning strike, fire officials said. The fire was put out by about 8 p.m., but emergency crews remained on scene for several hours. Two people were injured and two families were displaced.

The tornado touched down earlier in the day near the intersection of Minor Road and Center Street in Wolcott, according to the National Weather Service. The storm touched down about 12:50 p.m. and traveled northeast for a little more than a half-mile and lifted near Stagecoach Lane.

The tornado was classified EF-0, which is the lowest intensity ranking for tornadoes. Maximum windspeed was between 80 and 85 mph, according to the NWS.

The storm uprooted and damaged several trees, as well as a fence and some sporting equipment at the high school. No one was injured, the NWS reported.

According to police, the tornado traveled across the high school's baseball field and damaged a portable baseball backstop. A downed tree damaged a trailer on Kalko Drive and partially landed on the roof of a home, causing minor damage, police said.

Several witnesses also reported a funnel cloud in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday, according to the NWS, but that storm has not yet been confirmed.