The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Connecticut Tuesday.
The weather service said Wednesday night that an EF1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 110 mph moved along a 9 .5 mile path between Beacon Falls and Hamden. A second EF1 tornado with peak winds of 100 mph moved along a 4 .5 mile path between Southbury and Oxford.
Two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose 3-year-old child escaped injury.
The storms downed scores of trees and power lines. More than 120,000 homes and businesses lost electricity.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he's signed an emergency order that will give state agencies flexibility in helping cities and towns recover.
A preliminary survey by the National Weather Service of the Brookfield area found that a macroburst with maximum wind speeds of 100-110 mph impacted a swath of about two and a half miles in width and five miles in length. Macrobursts can produce as much if not more damage as tornadoes due to the size and scope.
The worst damage was from the Candlewood Shores area, extending east across Route 7, just north of Senior High School, to Lake Lillinonah. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped.
It has been determined that an EF1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 100 mph moved through a discontinuous path of 75 yards in Patterson, New York.
The National Weather Service office also completed a preliminary storm survey for the area near Kent in Putnam County New York. An EF2 tornado with estimated peak winds of 110 mph moved through a path of 100 yards in Kent, New York.
A microburst with estimated winds gusting to 80 mph occurred in North Salem, resulting in approximately 250 yards of downed trees.