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Severe storm brings damage to Westport

Steve Denton looks at the damage to a cabin at Camp Dudley after a severe storm made its way through Westport Sept. 6.

Steve Denton looks at the damage to a cabin at Camp Dudley after a severe storm made its way through Westport Sept. 6. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “I saw all the damage and thought maybe we were not so far off after all,” he said. “I am not going to say that it was, but I do know what I saw.”

“You can see that there is a swath where all the damage happened,” employee Jeff Schwoebel in between cutting up downed trees near one of the cabins damaged by the weather event.

Conor Lahiff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Burlington, said that they had been monitoring the storm cell that came through Westport and into Addison County, Vt., before dying out.

Lahiff explained that there was broad rotation associated with the cell, but there was not the tight rotation that they would see with a tornado.

“With a storm like this, there can often be gust fronts out in front of the storm, that cause heavy wind like we saw here,” Lahiff said.

Lahiff also said that there could have been an accompanying shelf cloud, which can take on the appearance of a funnel.

“Shelf clouds are a lot of times mistaken for a tornado,” he said.

Lahiff also said that the storm damage all moving or leaning in the same direction would also point to a gust front.

“That is what we would have expected to happen with that storm cell,” he said.

Lahiff said that the NWS had issued a severe thunder storm warning for Westport and the surrounding area at 4 p.m.

Lahiff added that the NWS had not received any other reports about the storm,.

Those with more information on this storm or any other severe weather activity can call 802-862-2475 and follow the prompts for reporting a severe weather event.

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