Jul 13, 2014
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Tornadoes Wreaked Havoc in Connecticut 25 Years Ago This July

Tornadoes Wreaked Havoc in Connecticut 25 Years Ago This July

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A photo of the cleanup at Cathedral Pines in Cornwall after the July 10, 1989, tornado; from www.ctvisit.com.

On July 10, 2014, former Hamden Mayor John Carusone stands in the same spot on his front porch and wears a similar outfit to that of 25 years ago when he first heard a tornado hit town.

In his Bermuda shorts and T-shirt, Carusone had a clear schedule for the night of July 10, 1989. As he came to the front door, his daughter alerted him to something that would fill his daybook for the next month.

“I turned around, and the sky was green and that tree was bent over the car,” Carusone said as he pointed to a tree in his front yard. (Right, destruction in Hamden; photo by Arnold Gold, New Haven Register.)

The storm hit the northwest corner of the state about 4 p.m., eventually moving into the New Haven area. When the damage was done, $205 million in destruction was estimated, about half from the devastation in town.

See a Yankee Magazine story on the tornadoes in Connecticut

In Litchfield County, a tornado destroyed the Bantam Borough Hall in Litchifeld, a church, a historic stand of white pines in Cornwall called Cathedral Pines and much more. The storm is recalled in a new Hidden in Plain Sight blog post.

See the full Hamden story at the New Haven Register online.

Tornadoes Wreaked Havoc in Connecticut 25 Years Ago This July

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