Tornado touches down in Middlebury causing severe damage

Published: Mar. 27, 2021 at 12:28 AM EDT
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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - The National Weather Service confirms a EF-1 tornado hit Middlebury Friday afternoon.

Strong storms blew thru the region Friday, producing some localized wind damage, including downed trees and power lines.

The worst damage was on Painter Road in Middlebury.

Middlebury Police tells WCAX, a house was damaged around 2:00PM by a wind storm and a child was hurt.

The child was taken to the hospital with what police describe as non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say two neighboring houses were also damaged and multiple downed trees delayed the rescue response.

Ernie Malzac, who lives on Painter Road says he was looking out the window, when his pine tree tipped over.

“All at once, I looked out the window and I see the limbs on my trees here, kinda bent right over and I see this great big pine tree go right down and take my electricity right out.”

“The barn that we have horses and sheep in was hit harder, that lost most of its second story. The bottom story is in tacked, but damaged. Amazingly all of the animals are ok, we lost our beehives” says, William Werner, of Werner Tree Farm.

The NWS says the tornado lasted five minutes and winds were estimated at 110 miles per hour.

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