For Immediate Release
Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
*Joint Release* Concord Officials Confirm Tornado Struck Town Overnight
39 Homes Damaged, No Injuries Reported
CONCORD — Town Manager Christopher Whelan, Police Chief Joseph O’Connor, and Fire Chief Mark R. Cotreau report that a tornado touched down in Concord early Monday morning.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado, stretching a half mile long and 400 yards wide, touched down during the 3 a.m. storm. Winds reached a maximum speed of 100 mph, damaging 39 homes knocking down power lines and several trees. Only one home sustained severe structural damage.
“I’d like to commend the police and fire departments for their hard work and swift response during the aftermath of this storm in the early morning hours,” Town Manager Whelan said. “Thank you to all who have assisted us throughout this process as we work to repair damages today.”
Officials say that the 400 to 500 block of Lexington Road, as well as Independence Road and Alcott Road sustained the most damage. No injuries have been reported.
“We are thankful that no residents were injured during last night’s storm,” Chief O’Connor said. “We ask that everyone be patient during today’s cleanup and stay as far away from the damaged areas as possible.”
The Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP) is currently working to restore power to affected homes. As of 1 p.m., CMLP had restored power to 500 people, leaving approximately 500 without power in Concord.
“I’d like to thank all mutual aid and responding agencies, including MEMA and the National Weather Service,” Chief Cotreau said. “Their assistance allowed us to quickly and efficiently respond to all affected areas.”