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National Weather Service Confirms Tornado In Webster

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The National Weather Service is investigating a tornado that touched down on Main Street in Webster on Saturday morning.  Meteorologists confirmed the tornado on Saturday afternoon, but they are still surveying the damage and may take another day or two to determine wind speeds and path of the storm.

A Tornado Warning was issued for parts of Northeastern Connecticut, Southern Worcester County and Northern Rhode Island from about 9:30 to 10:45 this morning.

Michelle Hart told THE LAKE 940, all of a sudden just before 10AM it “Sounded like a train” was coming down Prospect Street.  “It became very windy with lots of heavy rain.”

Severe damage could be seen at the market on Main Street, with flooding closing the roads nearby.  Damage was also spotted at the nearby gas station on Main Street, and reports of glass shattered from businesses in East Main Street Plaza.  There are several people without power currently in Webster.  Chief of the Webster Fire Department Brian Hickey says that National Grid, MEMA, State Fire Marshall are on scene.

Tree crews are being brought in to make sure roads are clear.  Town officials request that residents stay off of the roads until they could be cleared.

So far there has been only one report of a minor injury with a tree or debris falling on a car on Main Street.  A fire official says the occupant of the vehicle has been transferred to a local hospital.

Town Administrator Doug Willardson says the Red Cross is on their way to help those in need.  A shelter will be opened at the Webster Senior Center located at 5 Church Street.

In Dudley, Chief Steve Wojnar tells THE LAKE 940, many roads are impassible, including Schofield Avenue, Chase Avenue, Central Avenue, Cross Street, and West Main Street near the Webster line.  “There are power outages and numerous roads, including much of Webster’s South Main Street, blocked by debris and trees.”  Non-emergency vehicle and pedestrian traffic are asked to stay out of the area, especially due to downed power lines.”

More will be added to this page as it is available.

 

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Michelle Hart