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A very grateful Friday from New Milford CT after the storm

Yesterday we had some pretty horrific storms hit Connecticut. As I was driving home there was an impressive light show going on all around me. Getting from the car to the house was a bit on the "thrilling" side as the lightening was hitting the ground around my house.

We turned off and unplugged as much as we could. All of a sudden I told my family that the sky reminded me of what I call a "tornado sky" as everything turned dark green, even the air. I remember this from when I lived in Georgia, it seems even the air turned a dark green, like being in a bowl of pea soup, before a tornado came near. And that is exactly what happened. I would have taken a picture but my camera was in the trunk of my car.

We were fine, and perhaps amazingly lucky as we didn't lose power. Although apparently I read this morning that 20% of New Milford residents were without power last night. And... it appears that there just might have been a tornado in New Milford, the weather center is coming to check it out. Our schools are closed today, I don't know what I will find on my drive to the office.

When the storm blew out of here the clouds cleared and the sun showed itself as a fiery red disk setting in the sky. I am grateful we didn't lose any trees, I do hope that if a tornado hit in town it hit an unpopulated section. I just don't know yet. And thank you Gail Robinson, I got a contact message from Gail last night (after I dared to turn the electronics back on), asking if I was ok because she heard we had a tornado in New Milford. She knew before I did! I didn't read about it until this morning.

After the storm New Milford CT

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 23 commentsAndrea Swiedler • June 10 2011 07:13AM


Andrea, we had wicked short storms here the last 2 days...i was out with clients last night & when i was driving home i noticed that for a mile there were no lights in houses...i said uh-oh where is everyone...when i got to my neighborhood at 8:30 pm the utility trucks were all over the place, trees downed, a neighbors truck crushed & i thought i was lucky not to be home in this is so electricity til late here but everyone was safe...good luck to you...they tell us more are coming this afternoon!  Great picture

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago
Good morning, Andrea....I've never experienced anything that resembles a tornado until last week....just hearing about it was frightening....we all missed it, but with every storm comes the thought of something worse....
Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 7 years ago

Ginny, that is my biggest fear, we have very tall pine trees on one side of the house that sway in the winds. I am glad you are ok. We may get a passing shower later on, not predicting the storms like yesterday. Hang on for a wild ride! And stay safe!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Barbara, it was very scary. My daughter was terrified, my dog.. well.. let me just say that he was pretty much either between my legs or on my lap. And at his size it can be an issue.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

It seems all of us have had some pretty wild weather recently, but happy to hear it wasn't as menacing as the recent tornados in Mass!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 7 years ago

Glad every thing was ok with you, all I saw was a few trees down here and had to drive around them.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

Andrea..Pretty bizarre  weather up and down the east coast .. especially for the beginning of June..


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 7 years ago

We had some wild storms here in Wallingford. Some very strong winds and lightning near the house. Scared my youngest to tears. The sun never came back out this way. Beautiful picure.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Andrea- I'm so glad you're ok.  Your description of the sky and air before the storm was frightening.  Now see.. that's scarier than an alligator!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Andrea - I've never met you, but I thought of you immediately when I heard about a possible tornado in New Milford!  So glad you are safe!  Hope to meet you face-to-face one day.  That pea soup green color is very scary--I've never seen it where there wasn't a funnel cloud around.  They don't always touch down, but you know they are there.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Andrea, you guys got hit pretty hard.  I am up in Kent, and there are a lot of detours around there because of roads closed due to trees being down across the road.  Hope I have a better time getting home tomorrow then I did getting here today.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrea.

I experienced a tornado a few years ago...

A lot of trees fell two blocks from my house...Scary.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 7 years ago

Glad to hear you and yours are ok Andrea. That was a brutal storm that left our area Wednesday night after leaving a mess behind.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago


I've lived through several tornadoes and you described it exactly the way it is; however, what was scary for me in your post is the fact that you said lightening was hitting the ground all around your house. Now that's something I never experienced. Thanks God you didn't struck by lightening!

I've had my house struck by lightening more than once and it's no fun either when the electrical wiring gets fried or the power goes out. Again, I'm glad you had a happy ending and it's so nice that Gail Robinson was looking out for you. It does pay to have friends in the GOOD RAIN!


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrea, Look at the color of that sky in your photo!  Beautfiul.  And glad to hear all is safe and husband was struck by lightening years ago, its scary stuff.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 7 years ago

Carol, some areas around here are still without power! But yes, they still have their homes!

Ellen, we have many down trees and some areas are still dark, may not have power till next Tuesday! I am lucky, none of that at my house.

Hannah, bizarre indeed!

Jim, thanks! My pooch was terrified, as was my daughter. I told her to keep quiet, don't want her son to get the same idea that they are scary!

Kathy, I would be terrified if I saw an alligator, same as a tornado!

Gail, I was so touched when I got that message from you. Thank you! I was glad we made it through without incident. You are so sweet, really. :D

George, you were up in Kent and didn't call for a coffee... ghesh... yes, many trees are still down.

Joshua, they are scary as can be!

Al & Peggy, did you send that here? I want to talk to you... LOL.

Patricia, it was a good thing we didn't have the cows in the pastures yet, because they have been hit up there before. I watched the lightening hit the ground up in the pasture behind us, and all around us. I wanted to get pictures but.. safety first!

Rene, oh my, how horrible! I know it is a big fear of mine when I see it hit the ground... scary indeed.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea, I am always amazed at the beauty of a picture...after a storm. It's like a message that it's blown over and all is well. Growing up in West Texas is Tornado country and I don't like them at all. It;s amazing to me that some people actually chase these things!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Andrea, glad you weathered the storm!  It's really been crazy the last few months all across the country!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 7 years ago

Andrea, I was hoping to be able to stop and see you but the event I had to be at started a 4:00 and I was not able to leave Middletown until 2:30.  On the way back I had a birthday party to I had to get to, so I could not stop then either.  I will have to make it a point to go back up that way on a day that I don't have any else planned but to stop in and see you :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago

Russel, I would not be chasing one either. Yes, when a storm blows out and the sun makes an appearance it is always a welcome, beautiful sight!

Silvia, it is crazy weather. It was cold today!!!!

George, I will look forward to that. I could even meet you in Kent for a coffee... seems you like to go up there!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago


I missed the commotion. Luckily you  missed the tornado.

What a dislay of colors. It is always especially dramatic after the storm

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 7 years ago

It is always so dramatic after a storm Jon, but oh so beautiful! I was lucky to miss the storm. Many didn't.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea, I do like it up there, but I only go once a year, so I will have to make time to drive up there and enjoy a cup of coffee with you.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago