Posted by:bigtrucker, 9:08 PM GMT on June 13, 2009
Hamden tornado 20th anniversary Updated: Friday, 10 Jul 2009, 10:01 AM EDT Published : Friday, 10 Jul 2009, 6:10 AM EDT
By: Crystal Haynes Hamden (WTNH) - Friday marks the 20th anniversary of a tornado that pounded the town of Hamden, and on this anniversary other Connecticut towns are trying to work through the aftermath of a more recent storm.
The July 10, 1989, F-4 tornado ripped houses from their foundations, downed trees and left many in the dark. The tornado tore through the Northeast corner of town and then across Long Island Sound.
Sound familiar? Just over a week ago a much less powerful tornado swept through Wethersfield, splitting homes in half and leaving more than 9,000 without power.
Wethersfield town leaders held a special meeting Thursday night for residents still trying to cope.
"It's kind of hard to still see the tree up in the air still through the house," homeowner Shannon Jones said, "and my little one still has a hard time every time it rains."
The town had declared the area a disaster zone. Emergency crews from nearby towns were called into the help with the clean up.
Last week, officials from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, toured to see if federal funds could be made available to help cover the cost.
The Wethersfield tornado had wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour. By comparison, the tornado that hit Hamden had gusts of more than 200 miles per hour. It was the longest swarm of tornadoes ever to hit Connecticut in the history of the state.
Average return years for a cat 1 hurricane for the NE. We have gone 24 years, and we are well overdue. The general public in the NE should be reeducated on preparedness for Hurricanes. We are overdue with Cat 3 storms for which we had three