Rare March Tornado Touches Down In Vermont

Vermont averages one tornado per year.

Video Transcript

- Two people, including a child, suffered minor injuries in a rare March tornado in northern Vermont. Winds of up to 110 miles per hour knocked down power lines and uprooted trees in the town of Middlebury. Several houses were also damaged. Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff is joining us now. Jacob, how rare is it to see a tornado like this in Vermont?

JACOB WYCOFF: Well, let's just start, it's rare to see them in New England, in general, even Massachusetts. We don't get them that often. But on the scale of about one per year is the average for Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Connecticut, they seem to get just a little bit more. But very rare in New England to see tornadoes, in general.

We do get them. We get them once or twice a year. But this tornado, an EF-1, a bit of a stronger tornado, did do some damage. 110 mile per hour winds, and unfortunately, injuring two.

Around here, the threat wasn't spinning wind. It was just straight-line wind. And that's what we saw in Boston, Nantucket, picking up 40-plus mile-per-hour wind gusts. The biggest wind gusts that I saw, 58 miles-per-hour atop Mt. Tom That's out in Hampshire County in western Mass.