SOMERS, Connecticut — After Sunday evening's unexpected tornado ripped through the Town of Somers, residents woke up in the morning cleaning up to get back on their feet.
Several locations were affected in town, one of them being Colonial Drive.
Two large trees uprooted and landed on a homeowner's two cars, leaving damage on the roofs.
"Can’t fool with Mother Nature. That’s what it is," said Steven Ellis of Somers.
Ellis has lived in Somers with his wife for up to 30 years.
They are no strangers to storms as the town frequently gets hit hard every summer. This time, though, was one he said he had never seen before.
"We looked out the windows and we could see the trees just … they were going in every direction and whatever and it was really dark," added Ellis.
Ellis showed FOX61 the back of his home - the playscape for his grandchildren was shattered to pieces and his wife's sunflowers were shredded.
Ellis said he is sad that a third tree fell in his backyard because it dates to the Civil War era and is home to the local squirrels.
Not far from Colonia Drive was a sight rare to the eyes. The homeowner, Christine Kratas, in fact, found it comical.
"I noticed the trampoline in the backyard actually lift up like a flying saucer and tumble and flew right back into the trees," said Kratas of Somers.
The trampoline was still stuck in the trees up to today. She said once she gets it out, she is not getting another one.
"No, we’re good. One and done!" added Kratas.
Power was out for over 400 residents shortly after the tornado hit and on Monday morning, a few people were still waiting to be out of the dark on Hickory Hill Drive.
Elaine Mejia said it all happened so fast within minutes.
"Trees were whipping, they were twisting. The wind was swirling around, and it was coming from the east!" said Mejia.
Over on Lake Drive, Kathy Devlin's first instinct was to go to the basement, but the tornado beat them before they were able to hide.
"I didn’t know where to hide and I wondered if I could just leave the area, but it went by so very quickly, we didn’t have a chance to do anything but protect ourselves," said Devlin of Somers.
As of Monday afternoon, power has been restored to everyone in Somers.
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