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NWS: Tornado briefly touched down in Coventry early Thursday morning

Over 2,000 outages were reported following the line of storms that marched through the state. A tornado warning had been issued for two counties.

COVENTRY, Conn. — The National Weather Service confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down in Coventry early Thursday morning. 

The tornado lasted for 3/4 of a mile with an estimated maximum wind speed of 75 miles an hour. 


A line of storms marched through the state in the early morning hours Thursday, bringing with it damage. 

Meteorologist Dan Amarante said the radar indicated some rotation in a storm cell that passed over Coventry. From 3:50 a.m. to 4:20 a.m., Tolland and Windham counties were under a tornado warning. 

A number of trees came down on telephone wires in places like Flanders Road. 

David Gilmore, who lived in the area, woke in time to hear the storm pass overhead. 

"There was a sudden roar which lasted about 12 seconds, and then it was perfectly calm," said Gilmore.

Eversource reported that over 2,000 people were without power in parts of the state following the storms.

"There has been so much tree damage, it’ll require the use of professionals to take all this stuff down. I have a little chainsaw but it's not going to do this job," Gilmore said.

Lingering rain will remain for much of the day before turning sunny and pleasant for Friday and the weekend. 

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