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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
508 PM EDT Fri Aug 7 2020


.Preliminary survey results for Westport CT...

Location...Westport in Fairfield County, CT
Date...Aug 4 2020
Estimated Time...140-141 pm
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95-105 mph
Maximum Path Width...25 yards
Path Length....50 yards
* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...None

A discrete, low topped storm cell, moving north northwest from
Long Island Sound and over Saugatuck Shores in Westport CT,
produced a waterspout, that made landfall as an EF1 tornado
around 140pm on August 4 2020.

The waterspout was captured on video by a private meteorologist
as it was moving towards Saugatuck Shores in Westport CT around
140pm. The tornado produced severe damage to a house on Surf Rd,
with the roof being ripped off, as well as portions of the second
floor`s supporting wall structure. This debris was tossed about
30-50 feet north on the property. In addition, the tops of several
pine trees in the front and side yard were either sheared or
snapped off. The tornado likely quickly lifted and possibly
tracked north as a funnel cloud for another 1 to 2 miles, before
dissipating. The funnel cloud could have touched down as a
waterspout on the Saugatuck River, south of Route 1, based on an
eyewitness report from S Compo Rd in Westport, CT. Otherwise,
downstream damage reports are inconclusive for tornado damage, but
consistent with the damaging 40 to 50 mph straight line sustained
winds and 60 to 70 mph gusts observed between 2pm and 5pm across
southwestern CT from Tropical Storm Isaias.

Many thanks to Westport Fire Department, Connecticut Division of
Emergency Management and Homeland Security, local CT Media,
private sector meteorologists, and the public for their assistance
in this storm survey.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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