Trees broke and some were completely uprooted. This is what you will find in the Warren Street and Willow Street area in Cheshire.
The debris lies as evidence of the power of Saturday’s tornado.
Witnesses say tornado EF-0 swept through this neighborhood with fierce intensity.
“It was a big noise. It was fast, but it was horrible, ”said Luz Castano.
Castano is a home keeper who needed to think quickly on Saturday. She pulled her elderly resident, Fred Coughlin, away from the sliding glass doors, just as the tornado approached.
“Thank goodness I moved him out of this chair because we moved five minutes before the storm,” she said.
Coughlin needs help walking, so as the sky darkens, Castano instinctively moved him to an indoor room. A few minutes later, a tree crashed into the house’s deck, severely damaging the structure, just a few feet away.
“It happened quickly,” Coughlin said. “I really didn’t see anything until the next day. When I got out here I saw the bridge and said, ‘wow!’ “
The National Weather Service says tornado EF-0 started on a narrow path near Mountain Road. It widened to about 100 yards, tearing up over a dozen trees at the Legion of Christ College of Humanities.
Heavy winds also damaged the sports dashboard at Cheshire High School. Officials say the damage will exceed the school’s $ 10,000 deductible.
“It’s not easy to replace, but the circumstances of the moment and with the people who are not injured, we will take it,” said Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Solan.
There were four tornadoes in Connecticut on Saturday and they caused damage to Pawcatuck, Cheshire, Branford, Plainfield and the Pawcatuck section of Stonington.
Lisa Moran lives on Willow Street. On Monday, she and her family were busy cleaning up after several trees on her property were cut in half.
After getting a professional cleaning quote of over $ 4000, they decided to try cleaning the property themselves.
“So I said I think we can cut that down a bit more if we put some of that together on our own,” Moran said.
The Moran family say they are thankful that no one was hurt and are trying to find a silver lining. They donate the pine ornaments to a local nonprofit that will create Christmas decorations for their building.