Where I live we had a tornado warning and the sighting of funnel clouds, no actual tornado touched ground. For those of you who might not be familiar with this general part of the country we have many severe thunderstorms each season but tornado warnings are very rare, and you could tell this storm was a bit different. We had very high winds, almost constant lightning/thunder, hail and the greenish sky that you hear about being associated with tornado activity. It was definitely surreal preparing to go into the basement if need be.
In other areas near me it was a very different story. The city 20 minutes south of me (the third largest in the state), two more surrounding cities, parts of the town both my mother and mother-in-law live in 45 minutes away, and two more communities next to them were all hit and the devastation is like nothing I've seen around here before.
Thankfully our mom's are ok. Luckily there town wasn't too badly damaged compared to the others. And the most they personally experienced was scary weather, a long worrisome night and no power. However parts of towns just minutes away from where I grew up look completely destroyed and the parts of the downtown area in that city 20 minutes away from me are reduced to rubble. The tornado even crossed I-91 (our major interstate running from CT, MA,VT and NH) at the beginning of rush hour.
It's really amazing that more people weren't hurt or killed. My thoughts go out to the people who lost lives, homes and businesses. It's certainly been a terrible season for tornado's. Even the areas most commonly associated with these weather conditions have been hit unusually hard. It's something I never thought I'd experience so close to home. Today's bright sunny breezy day seems a like a jolting contrast to yesterday's powerful display of nature's force.
Here are a few video clips from the news coverage.