Today marks 25 years since a tornado hit Hamden, destroying parts of the southern end of town.
The storm was one of a “family” of tornadoes that hit New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey, and the hit Hamden took that day was reportedly the worst of any of them.
According to Wikipedia:
Violent tornado devastated the Highwood section of Hamden. Many homes, apartment buildings, and industrial buildings were badly damaged, and a few were leveled. Heavy construction equipment was tossed as well. A total of 350 homes and 40 businesses were destroyed. Hundreds of trees and power lines were downed, and tree damage took up to a year to clean up. Injured 40 people and caused $100,000,000 in damage.
The Hamden tornado was by far the most destructive tornado of this family, and possibly the most damaging of the entire outbreak. It touched down at 5:38 pm near the Wilbur Cross Parkway. Industrial cranes and cars were tossed through the air, and rows of houses, as well as an industrial park, were flattened. The tornado lifted just a few minutes later at 5:45. The damage path was only five miles long, stopping just short of the city of New Haven, but it damaged or destroyed almost 400 structures in its path.
There’s several videos on YouTube that memorialize that day:
The Hartford Courant also has a gallery of photos from the storm.