Norwalk, CT Norwalk River Valley Tornado, Sept 1899


Special to The New York Times.

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 27.--Word reached here today of a tornado, which raged in the Norwalk River Valley last night, and did great damage to buildings, orchards, and timber land.

The storm came up from the southwest out of an apparently cloudless sky, and passed to the northeast with terrific force. The villages most affected are West Norwalk, Winnipauk, Silver Mine, Wilton, Cannons, Georgetown, Branchville, Redding, and the country near Danbury. The path varied from fifty to three hundred feet in width, and it was marked with destruction. Trees were uprooted and dropped across highways, buildings were destroyed, and roofs carried away. Witnesses describe it as a dark, foggy cloud, apparently rolling over and over, and filled with leaves, limbs of trees, and other debris.

The residents of the section over which the tornado passed were terror stricken, and many sought refuge in cellars. The wind was preceded by thunder and lightning and jet black clouds, and was accompanied by a heavy downpour of rain. A peculiar feature of the storm is that people living a quarter of a mile out of its path knew nothing about it.

The New York Times, New York, NY 28 Sept 1899