The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on October 4, 1979 · 50
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Thursday, October 4, 1979
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2 Killed, 56 Hurt In Conn. Twister 14- A THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Thursday, October 4, 1979 WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) Two persons were killed and at least 56 were injured when a tornado struck Wednesday, accompanied by a storm with gusts up to 86 mph, and more than 40 buildings . were damaged or destroyed. . Gov. Ella Grasso declared an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and ordered in 200 National Guard troops because of what she said was "grave concern" about security in damaged areas after nightfall. Grasso, a resident of Windsor Locks, said it was "simply horrifying." Helicopters were used to take out the injured. The figures on deaths and injuries were given by Dr. Douglas Lloyd, state health commissioner. He said most of the injured were taken to Hartford-area hospitals. "It's unbelievable it came so fast," said Margie Fisher, 26. "I was scared stiff. We looked out the door and saw everything going," she said. "Wood was flying from the gas station across the street. It was really scary." The tornado left a five-mile path of destruction up Route 75 from the Poquonock section of Windsor to the Bradley Air Museum, where Carl Prince said a one-ton C-133 cargo plane was flipped over. "There were a lot of cars pushed around like paper dolls," added Prince, who works at the museum. "I'm told we're leaving whatever dead there is in the field and bringing in the injured first," said Doug Rubenstein, a spokesman for Mt. Sinai Hospital in Hartford. He said said most injuries were from "people getting tossed around or cut by flying glass." "I've never seen anything like it," said a woman who was in her house when the storm hit. "I never want to go through anything like it again." The Bradley Air Museum, including huge former military craft and one-of-a-kind planes, was destroyed i m 1 II? 1 ' T f 1 Two semi-trailer trucks lay on their sides after a tornado blew a dozen trucks off the highway near Windsor Locks, Conn. UPI as planes were tossed about. About 25 planes ranging from World War II bombers to more recent jet fighters were in the museum's outdoor display. Aircraft were also damaged at Bradley International Airport, which closed. " "The airport is decimated," said Windsor Police Sgt. Robert Nevins. "We've got a large number of homes flattened. "I'm using station wagons and and trucks for ambulances because of the large number of injured." Kathy Clark, WTIC radio's traffic reporter, reported from a helicopter that only foundations were left at someliouses. "There is just total destruction and chaos here," WFSB-TV reporter Gerry Toney said from the scene. There was earlier confusion over whether the storm actually contained a tornado, but the National Weather Service confirmed late in the afternoon that a tornado did strike the area. t Authorities were investigating reports that numer ous motorists were trapped in their cars by fallen trees, said Allan Hekking of the state Office of civil preparedness. . ; f "If you have gusts of 86 miles per hour, you don't need a tornado, he said. You're aNationalpriOlity ) A I L-JU (1 STATE Eoondtrip fcnifnTvifHii i i'ili D.Ciiaiinnij.'iiiii'tiii.iinl!' 1 'v. t llllll II llll Hlll I IIP? -irf-MHi, -i ) - - fa Till I J Fly nonstop right from Tampa at this special bargain fare October 1, 8, 15 or 22. Europe may never cost so little again. Nationals new nonstop from Tampa to Amsterdam takes you to the heart of Europe. Our flights leave Tampa every Monday at 6:10 pm. You arrive Tuesday morning at 7:20 am. Just in time to begin a new day in Holland. And we take you to Amsterdam in style. 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