Update,  6:14 pm:  The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Windsor Locks Monday afternoo9n.  The EF1 Tornado had an estimated maximum wind speed of 86 miles an hour ,  and cut a path about 200 yards wide and 2.5 miles long between about 1:30 and 1:35 p.m.

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) _ A tornado likely struck north-central Connecticut on Monday, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

“We are of the belief there was one,” said Glenn Field, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass.

He issued a tornado warning that was posted for 29 minutes.

The weather agency has dispatched investigators to Connecticut.

The storm knocked down the Sports World bubble dome, overturned an 18-wheeler in a shopping center parking lot and ripped tobacco netting off plants, draping the long white sashes across trees and power lines.

“We’ve had very significant issues in a short period of time,” East Windsor Police Chief Edward DeMarco said.

WVIT-TV reports that camp counselors received tornado warnings on their phones and moved campers out of the dome before the storm arrived.

Despite the damage, DeMarco said it could have been a lot worse.Connecticut Light & Power reported about 1,200 outages in southwestern and north-central Connecticut. That was down by half from several hours earlier.

The storm also flooded streets in Ridgefield and downed power lines. It swept through southwest Connecticut from Greenwich to Redding, where CL&P reported outages affecting several hundred customers.

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