WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) – The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down briefly in Woodbury last week, but experts say it was a microburst that caused most of the damage in the southern part of town.

The Republican-American of Waterbury reports that a Weather Service draft report released Monday says an EF1 tornado about 30 yards wide with 100 mph winds hit the ground shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday and ran for about 100 yards. No injuries were reported.

The Weather Service says a microburst caused most of the damage along a swath of land about 1 mile wide and 11/2 miles long. Trees and utility poles were knocked over and some homes were damaged. A microburst is a powerful gust of wind that shoots to the ground, then blows outward and upward.

Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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