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Five tornadoes hit the northeast during Tuesday's heavy storms



The National Weather Service has confirmed that five tornadoes have hit during severe storms that hit East Coast Tuesday.

Federal officials said Wednesday that tornadoes were deployed in the following locations: two EF-1 tornadoes in Connecticut, one between Beacon Falls and Hamden in New Haven County and a second in Southbury and Oxford, also in New Haven County; an EF-2 tornado occurred in Kent, New York; an EF-0 tornado in Newburgh, New York; and another EF-1 Tornado in Saugerties, New York.

The strongest tornado that hit Kent, New York, showed top winds between 111 and 135 mph.

The two tornadoes that hit Connecticut each traveled a multi-mile trail. The one that landed in Beacon Falls raced through the community in Hamden for 9.5 miles. The second, which landed in Southbury, traveled a 4.5-mile route to Oxford.

The National Weather Service also confirmed two macrobursts hit during the storm. A macrostorm with wind speeds of up to 1

10 miles per hour hit Brookfield, Connecticut, pulling trees off the ground and destroying homes.

The other, with maximum sustained wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, hit a four-mile stretch at Cherry Hill, New York, near Kent.

A microburst hit New York's Westchester County district, which dumped trees in an estimated 250-yard area.

The storm also caused two "Meteotsunamis" in New England. A "meteotunami" or meteorological tsunami is a tsunami-like wave caused by air pressure disturbances such as severe thunderstorms.

At least three people were killed during the storm on Tuesday.

Two men in Connecticut and an 11-year-old girl in New York died Tuesday because trees fell on the cars they were in.

More than 120,000 homes in New England lost power after the storm. Several communities in Connecticut have declared a state of emergency, and Governor Dannel P. Malloy said that Wednesday has signed an emergency order to support local reconstruction efforts.


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