WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) - Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of one of the mostdestructive tornadoes to ever hit New England.
At around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 1979 an F4 tornadowith winds in excess of 200 mph touched down in Poquonock in thetown of Windsor, Connecticut and moved up along Route 75 intoFeeding Hills.
The tornado all but wiped out the Bradley Air Museum inWindsor Locks, Connecticut.
Twenty-five planes were tossed around like toys and destroyedand an entire roof was ripped off a hangar.
Sixty-five homes were destroyed in the tornado's 11 mile pathof destruction.
In Feeding Hills the Granger Elementary School was shut downfor weeks due to water and structural damage.
The National Weather Service, which was at BradleyInternational Airport at that time, never issued a warning for thetornado because it developed too close to the radar to be detected.
Sue Banks was one of the survivors of the tornado and livesin the area where the tornado first touched down.
She was interviewed by 22News after her home had beendestroyed on that fateful day.
“It appeared that the sofa bed went from the cornerthat's now empty, flew across the house, slammed into the kitchenwall that wall came down on top of us and it was pitch black wecouldn't see the children. We had no idea
what was no idea what was going on,” said Sue Banksof Windsor, Connecticut on October 3, 1979.
Sue and her family have rebuilt their home in the same spot.Thirty years later she still vividly remembers that day.
“Everything was just so fast, so intense, so muchpower, so loud but you couldn't hear and all of a sudden it wasover. It may have lasted 15 seconds. I think the strangest thing Iever saw was they sky. You know you're in the kitchen and thensuddenly there's the sky in front of you and I don't know whatpoint I realized it was a tornado but I did and that's what it hadto be,” said Sue Banks.
In all, three people lost their lives and 500 people wereinjured.
The tornado caused around $420 million dollars in damage, andis ranked as the 6th costliest tornado to touchdown in the UnitedStates.