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Malloy signs emergency order after 2 tornadoes hit Connecticut

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High winds knocked down trees near Nathan Hale School on Taylor Court in Enfield. High winds knocked down trees near Nathan Hale School on Taylor Court in Enfield.
Tobacco netting was blown over homes on Preston Road in Windsor Locks. Tobacco netting was blown over homes on Preston Road in Windsor Locks.
Parts of the Sports World dome in East Windsor. Parts of the Sports World dome in East Windsor.
A truck was knocked over by high winds in the parking lot for Walmart in East Windsor. A truck was knocked over by high winds in the parking lot for Walmart in East Windsor.
Possible funnel cloud spotted along Interstate 91. Possible funnel cloud spotted along Interstate 91.

Tornadoes touched down at two locations in Connecticut, with one hitting Fairfield County on Monday morning and the second striking Hartford County in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 

Damage was reported in several towns in Hartford County, including Windsor, Windsor Locks and East Windsor after a warning for Hartford and Tolland counties was issued Monday afternoon. 

The tornado was rated as an EF 0 tornado with several small areas being rated as an EF 1 tornado with winds up to 86 mph.

"We're talking about winds 85 mph, so that can cause a lot of damage," said Hayden Frank, who is an NWS Meteorologist.

The storm began on Hayden Station Road in Windsor, continued through parts of Windsor Locks, across the Connecticut River before ending near Main Street in East Windsor.

Second Tornado hits Connecticut

However, earlier in the day a tornado hit Greenwich and Stamford, NWS confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

The EF 0 tornado had maximum wind speeds of 80 mph and its path width was 150 yards.

NWS officials said the tornado started on North Street in Greenwich, continued into Stamford and ended on Jane Lane near Scofieldtown Road.

Eyewitness News found damage at the Mead Farm in Stamford where trees were toppled over from their roots. A tree damage was caused to one home in the surrounding area.

"It's one of the more horrible things I have ever seen," said Marian Bee of Stamford. "It was scary. I couldnt believe it."

The NWS sent an inspector from Taunton, MA, to Connecticut in the Windsor Locks area Monday night to investigate the tornado.

"When we're looking for tornado damage, we tend to look for twisting of trees," Frank said. "When we look for straight-line wind damage, we look for things to fall in one direction. In this case, there was a lot of twisting in the trees."

Damage reported in several towns due to high winds

There are no reports of any serious injuries related to the tornado, however high winds left damage throughout the area. 

A truck was flipped over at the Walmart parking lot in East Windsor, the roof was blown off a vacant building in Windsor, and tobacco fields in Windsor Locks were flattened.

"We can repair this, but if this is someone's home or life, that's a lot different," Kate Fong said looking at a tobacco field.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited Thrall's Farm in East Windsor and make an announcement related to assistance for farms that suffered weather-related losses.

Fong saw a funnel cloud over a field and right away called her husband.

"I called up and I said, 'grab the baby, grab the dog, get in the basement,'" Fong said. "And I was really shook up, and I left work early. I never seen anything like this."

Tree branches and utility wires were knocked down in multiple towns including near the intersection of South Center Street and Raymond Road and the Belaire Circle neighborhood in Windsor Locks.

"I actually saw the funnel cloud over the top of trees," said Peter Capps of Windsor Locks. "I went, 'oh my God, my new truck.'"

Cleanup efforts continued Tuesday after a tornado hits

Malloy, who visited several areas damaged by the two tornadoes, signed an emergency order to help with the recovery efforts Tuesday afternoon.

"While yesterday's tornadoes in Hartford County and Fairfield County caused property damage, we are most of all grateful that no lives were lost during these flash storms," Malloy said in a statement Tuesday. "This declaration will help the residents in the impacted towns to expedite debris removal."

The order is expected to help with the removal of debris from publicly and privately owned land.

"It just started getting crazier and crazier, and these trees just started bending over, and then they started snapping," said Fred Warner of Windsor Locks, who had a tree land on his home.

Residents in Enfield, Windsor Locks and Windsor continued to clean up debris and fallen limbs left by the tornado.

"Hopefully, we won't have another for another 100 years," said Don Warner of Windsor Locks.

Town officials told Eyewitness News only six houses had trees landing on top of them. The rest of it all crashed down into yards.

To help with cleanup efforts, the town of Windsor Locks opened up its leaf dump on Old County Road until July 14. Any homeowner or tree service working in town will be able to drop off their debris.

Trees were uprooted by high winds at the Springdale on Main Street in East Windsor. Graves were damaged by the falling limbs.

Flooding was reported on several streets in Windsor Locks including Reed Avenue.

Sports dome destroyed by high winds

The storm created some tense moments for a day camp at the Sports World on Main Street in East Windsor around 2 p.m.

The storm ripped through the indoor, sports dome, but counselors and about 30 campers was outside at the time playing.

"I got in the door, and within less than 10 seconds the dome was gone," said Kathy Russotto, who is the manager at Sports World.

The camp director  moved them into an aluminum building next to the dome. All the campers were not seriously injured.

"The building just shook and stuff, and I just fell to the ground and all I could see was the dome just flying away and lights are exploding," camper Nico Ford. "It was just really scary."

The pieces of the dome led to several accidents, witnesses said.

Malloy visited Sports World on Tuesday afternoon.

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