Three tornadoes confirmed in Rhode Island

These are the first recorded tornadoes in November in Rhode Island since at least 1950, according to NWS Boston, which services Rhode Island.

 

North Kingstown, RI, Westerly, RI, Foster, RI (WLNE) – The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that three tornadoes touched down in Rhode Island on Saturday evening.

These are the first recorded tornadoes in November in Rhode Island since at least 1950, according to NWS Boston, which services Rhode Island. The records only go back to 1950.

The first tornado was an EF-0 that touched down at approximately 4:48pm on Saturday starting in Plainfield, CT. Several trees were uprooted there, then the tornado traveled northeast into Rhode Island. The NWS said the tornado then made “intermittent contact” with the ground for six miles, ending at Cucumber Hill Farm in Foster, RI at about 5:02pm. The NWS said there were several downed trees on the farm, and a large trailer on the farm was moved 50 feet. The maximum wind speed was 80 mph. The NWS used radar confirmation and video to verify this tornado.

The second tornado was rated an EF-1. It started in Stonington, CT and crossed the state border into Westerly, RI. The tornado happened between approximately 4:54pm – 5:00pm. It had maximum wind speed of 90 mph and was about 100 yards wide. It traveled approximately 1.35 miles.

 

During a survey of the Westerly area on Sunday, the NWS found the tornado had uprooted about 20 large, healthy hardwood trees on Center Street in Westerly. A wood building had been flipped on its side. The tornado lifted after crossing onto Hillview Drive.

The third tornado touched down between about 5:18pm – 5:24pm in North Kingstown. It was rated an EF-0 by the NWS. It had maximum wind speed of 80 mph and was about 150 yards wide. It traveled about 1.5 miles. The touch down began in North Kingstown and ended in Wickford.

During a survey of the North Kingstown area on Sunday, the NWS found the tornado had uprooted several healthy hardwood trees near Dillon Avenue. The tornado then crossed to Himes Street, where it snapped several power poles in half.  One tree that fell caused damage to a home. The tornado also took down several large branches on Juniper Drive and Route 1. The tornado lifted after reaching Hopedale Avenue in Wickford.

The National Weather Service determines the rating of a tornado using the Fujita scale as follows:

EF0…WEAK……65 TO 85 MPH
EF1…WEAK……86 TO 110 MPH
EF2…STRONG….111 TO 135 MPH
EF3…STRONG….136 TO 165 MPH
EF4…VIOLENT…166 TO 200 MPH
EF5…VIOLENT…>200 MPH

Here is the entire National Weather Service statement on the first tornado:

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR NOVEMBER 14TH, 2021 TORNADO EVENT…

.STONINGTON CONNECTICUT TO WESTERLY RHODE ISLAND TORNADO…

START LOCATION…STONINGTON IN NEW LONDON COUNTY, CONNECTICUT
END LOCATION…WESTERLY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, RHODE ISLAND
DATE…NOVEMBER 13TH, 2021
ESTIMATED TIME… 4:54-5:00PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF-1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH… 100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…1.35 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…41.2256/71.5011
ENDING LAT/LON…41.2348/71.4907
* FATALITIES…NONE
* INJURIES…NONE

…SUMMARY…

AT APPROXIMATELY 4:54 PM EST ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2021 A
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON ROBINSON STREET IN THE PAWCATUCK
NEIGHBORHOOD OF STONINGTON, CONNECTICUT. SEVERAL HARDWOOD TREES
WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED ABOUT HALF WAY UP THE TRUNK. A GUTTER WAS
RIPPED OFF OF ONE HOME WHILE SHUTTERS WERE RIPPED OFF OF ANOTHER.
SEVERAL TRAMPOLINES WERE LIFTED, WITH ONE BECOMING STUCK ON A
POWERLINE APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET IN THE AIR. ON ROBINSON STREET,
CROSSROAD RACE STREET, A METAL SHED WAS LIFTED AND FLIPPED BEFORE
BEING CRUSHED BY A LARGE MAPLE BRANCH, WITH AN APPROXIMATE
DIAMETER OF 15 INCHES. SEVERAL STREET SIGNS WERE ALSO SNAPPED AT
THEIR BASE. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED ON A NORTHEAST TRACK INTO
WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND, WHERE IT CROSSED RI 78 ONTO CENTER STREET,
WHERE APPROXIMATELY 20 LARGE, HEALTHY HARDWOOD TREES WERE
UPROOTED. A WOOD OUTBUILDING WAS ALSO FLIPPED ONTO ITS SIDE. THE
TORNADO THEN CROSSED ONTO HILLVIEW DRIVE BEFORE LIFTING AT
APPROXIMATELY 5:00 PM EST.

THE BASIS FOR THE EF-1 RATING WAS THE METAL SHED THAT WAS FLIPPED
PRIOR TO BEING CRUSHED, AS WELL AS THE SHEARING OF GUTTERS AND
SHUTTERS OFF OF HOMES. THE MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND ASSOCIATED WITH
THIS TORNADO WAS 90 MPH.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BOSTON/NORTON WOULD LIKE TO THANK
CONNECTICUT DEHMS AND THE TOWN OF STONINGTON EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
FOR THE HELP IDENTIFY AREAS OF DAMAGE.

 

Here is the entire National Weather Service statement on the second tornado:

.NORTH KINGSTOWN RHODE ISLAND TORNADO…

START LOCATION…NORTH KINGSTOWN IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, RHODE ISLAND
END LOCATION…WICKFORD IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, RHODE ISLAND
DATE…NOVEMBER 13TH, 2021
ESTIMATED TIME…5:18-5:24 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING… EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…150 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…1.5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…41.3356/71.2852
ENDING LAT/LON…41.3476/71.2734
* FATALITIES… NONE
* INJURIES… NONE

…SUMMARY…

AT APPROXIMATELY 5:18 PM EST ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2021 A
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTHWEST OF DILLON AVE IN NORTH
KINGSTOWN, RHODE ISLAND. SEVERAL LARGE, HEALTHY, HARDWOOD TREES
WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED; WHILE A FEW STANDING TREES WERE SHEARED
AT THE TOP. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED OVER RI 102 ONTO HIMES
STREET. IN ADDITION TO NUMEROUS DOWNED HARDWOOD TREES ON HIMES
STREET, APPROXIMATELY 4-5 POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED IN HALF AND A
FALLEN TREE CAUSED WINDOW AND ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOME. THE TORNADO
THEN CONTINUED TO TRACK NORTHEAST TOWARD JUNIPER DRIVE WHERE LARGE
BRANCHES, DIAMETER APPROXIMATELY 15 INCHES, WERE DOWNED ACROSS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD. SMALLER DOWNED BRANCHES WERE ALSO VISIBLE ALONG
ROUTE 1 AS THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST. AT APPROXIMATELY 5:24 PM
EST THE TORNADO LIFTED OVER HOPEDALE AVE IN WICKFORD, RHODE
ISLAND.

THE BASIS FOR THE EF-0 RATING LIES IN SEVERAL UPROOTED OR SNAPPED
HARDWOOD TREES, AND MINOR SHEARING OF TREETOPS ON A FEW STANDING
TREES. NO MAJOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ASIDE FROM THE
BUILDING ON HIMES STREET, WHICH WAS CAUSED BY A DOWNED TREE.

Here is the entire National Weather Service Statement on the third tornado:

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR NOVEMBER 13TH, 2021 TORNADO EVENT…

.PLAINFIELD CT TO FOSTER RI TORNADO…

START LOCATION…PLAINFIELD IN WINDHAM COUNTY, CONNECTICUT
END LOCATION…FOSTER IN PROVIDENCE COUNTY, RHODE ISLAND
DATE…NOVEMBER 13TH, 2021
ESTIMATED TIME…4:48 TO 5:02 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH… 6.13 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…41.4214/71.5159
ENDING LAT/LON…41.4520/71.4548
* FATALITIES…NONE
* INJURIES…NONE

…SUMMARY…

BASED ON DEFINITIVE RADAR CONFIRMATION OF A TORNADO DEBRIS
SIGNATURE AND VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM OUR MEDIA PARTNERS WE CONFIRM
THAT AN EF-0 TOUCHED DOWN IN PLAINFIELD, CONNECTICUT AT
APPROXIMATELY 4:48 PM EST ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2021.
SEVERAL HARDWOOD TREES WERE UPROOTED ON A HILLTOP ON STERLING HILL
RD NEAR GOSHEN RD. THE TORNADO THEN PROCEEDED ALONG A NORTHEAST
TRACK INTO RHODE ISLAND, WHERE IT MADE INTERMITTENT CONTACT WITH
THE GROUND FOR 6 MILES; ENDING AT THE CUCUMBER HILL FARM IN FOSTER
RHODE ISLAND AT APPROXIMATELY 5:02 PM EST. SHEARED TREES AND
DOWNED HARDWOOD TREES WERE OBSERVED ON THE FARM. A HEAVY, LARGE
RED TRAILER WAS ALSO MOVED APPROXIMATELY 50 FEET.

EF-0 DETERMINATION WAS BASED ON DOWNED AND UPROOTED HARDWOOD
TREES, AS WELL AS RADAR DATA.

 

 

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