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Tornado Confirmed in Northern Conn., Microburst Confirmed in Agawam

Tornado CarEAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP/WGGB) — The National Weather Service is confirming a tornado occurred near Windsor Locks.

In a statement released Monday evening, the service said an EF1 tornado, with estimated maximum wind speeds of 86 miles per hour, traveled 2.5 miles from Windsor Locks, across the Connecticut River and ended in East Windsor. The scale for tornadoes ranges from an EF0 to and EF5.

The tornado occurred between approximately 1:30 p.m. and 1:35 p.m. No injuries have been reported.

The NWS said numerous trees were downed, including some onto cars and houses. As the tornado traveled northeast, it ripped tobacco tents from fields. Some eyewitnesses reported seeing debris thrown into the air and hearing what sounded like a freight train.

The storm knocked down the Sports World bubble dome and overturned an 18-wheeler in a shopping center parking lot.

In Agawam, the NWS has confirmed that a microburst occurred just after noon Monday.  One of the hardest hit areas in that town was on Hunt Street with multiple trees down and multiple cars damaged.

The weather service notes that there were two areas of straight line winds, the first of which was the area of Harvey Johnson Boulevard, where several trees were damaged. The second area was near Meadow Street, where the agency says 40 to 40 trees were uprooted and six to twelve cars were crushed by trees.

No injuries or fatalities were reported in either the Conn. tornado or the Agawam microburst.

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