5 tornadoes touched down Saturday

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(WWLP) – Parts of the northeast got hit with rain, hail and gusty winds on Saturday.

Connecticut took the brunt of the storm which toppled power poles and downed trees causing damage to homes and cars. Parts of southern New England were under multiple tornado warnings, as winds and heavy rains blew through the area.

In Middleborough, Massachusetts, motorists had to navigate around a tree that had fallen onto a highway. In Franklin, thunder and lightning pounded the area and hail even fell in some places.

“We had a strong cold front during the afternoon, which generated a good line of showers and thunderstorms and it was that line that the tornadoes actually formed along,” said Joseph Dellicarpin from the National Weather Services in Boston.

At least five tornados touched down in Connecticut and Rhode Island over the weekend, as well as another five in New York. Residents got out the chainsaws and blowers and started picking up the pieces after Saturday’s afternoon’s severe weather.

The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes in Branford, Cheshire, Plainfield, Stonington, and North Kingstown. There were 4 confirmed tornadoes in Connecticut and one in Rhode Island.

Prior to this, since 1950, there had never been a tornado recorded in CT or RI in the month of November.

In Massachusetts, there have been three tornadoes ever recorded in the month of November, with the last recorded in 1971. However, they are not common.

“Overall, our severe weather season is roughly late May through about early August, which is our peak. It’s not unusually to have a handful of event outside of that, but certainly November is very rare,” said Dellicarpin.

There have been tornadoes recorded in February here in Massachusetts, which goes to show that it is always important to be weather aware.

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