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Somers Cleans Up After EF-0 Tornado Touches Down

Cleanup continued Monday in Somers, Connecticut, after a weak tornado hit the town Sunday evening.

No injuries were reported, but the EF-0 tornado uprooted trees and scattered debris around the town center, and just to the south.

Two parked cars were crushed by falling trees, according to the National Weather Service. It also said the twister was on the ground for seven minutes — and reported the tornado’s path was nearly two miles long, and 75 yards wide.

Somers First Selectman Bud Knorr said he lives near a lake in town, and was watching as the storm rolled in.

"The lake was churning like it was boiling, with trees coming across the lake, trees collapsing, umbrellas and patios being lifted up in the air, and the wind, you could hear it sound like a freight train," Knorr said.

Knorr said he's concerned about more trees falling if there's more rain or wind in the coming days, due to the saturated ground.

"There's only so much water that can be absorbed in the ground, without having a high wind event or a tornado that could affect this," he said. "A lot of people are just saying, 'Please stop raining.'"

According to the National Weather Service, 9.67 inches of rain had fallen at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, through the end of Sunday. That’s more than seven inches higher than average for the entire month of July.

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Adam is based at New England Public Radio’'s Berkshire County news bureau in Pittsfield, where he has been since August, 2015. He joined NEPR as a freelance reporter and fill-in operations assistant during the summer of 2011. For more than 15 years, Adam has had a number stops throughout his broadcast career, including as a news reporter and anchor, sports host and play-by-play announcer as well as a producer and technician.