Connecticut SKYWARN Praised Following Tornado
After violent weather and a rare tornado hit parts of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts on July 1, Connecticut SKYWARN received congratulations from SKYWARN Coordinator and ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY. “[T]he Hartford-Tolland County Connecticut SKYWARN team had another exemplary performance providing the first surface and ground truth reports of the Windsor Locks, Connecticut, tornado being on the ground,” Macedo wrote Connecticut Section Manager Betsy Doane, K1EIC, and SEC Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV. “They provided the first damage reports covering many of the areas affected and confirmed reports on I-91 of the tractor trailer being hit by the tornado as well as the damage to the sports dome in East Windsor, Connecticut. In addition, one of the amateurs from Hartford-Tolland County Connecticut SKYWARN provided damage information from the southern part of Enfield, Connecticut.” Macdeo specifically cited Steve Williams, K1SJW; Jim McBride, KD1LD, and Roger Jeanfaivre, K1PAI, was well as the entire Connecticut SKYWARN team. “They do a great job and in the most critical weather moments affecting the state of Connecticut. It’s a pleasure working with them.” According to MassLive.com, the EF1 tornado uprooted trees and damaged buildings and vehicles. The region also received several inches of rain.