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National Weather Service Confirms Oxford County Tornado


August 22, 2009


The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine has confirmed that August 21 storm damage in the towns of Norway, Paris, Buckfield, Sumner and Hartford in Oxford County, Maine was caused by a tornado.

The tornado touched down near Dove Way in the town of Norway, then moved east-northeast for about 16 miles through the towns of Paris, Buckfield and Sumner, and then finally dissipated near the intersection of Route 219 and Church Road in the Town of Hartford. The maximum path width of the tornado was about 700 yards (0.4 miles) observed along Route 140 in the Town of Hartford.

The tornado was rated as EF-1 on the Enhanced Fugita Scale with maximum winds estimated between 100 and 110 mph.

Tornado damage was observed near or across the following roads:


  • Dove Way
  • Crockett Ridge Road
  • Pleasant Road
  • Ralph Richardson Road


  • Durgin Road
  • Elm Hill Road
  • Military Road
  • High Street
  • Route 26 (Park Street)
  • Utility Road
  • Paris Hill Road
  • Ryerson Road
  • Dean Road


  • Allen School Road
  • Darnit Road
  • River Road


  • Bonney Road


  • Route 140 (Sumner Road)
  • Carey Hill Road
  • Gurney Hill Road
  • Bear Pond Road (Route 219)

Thousands of trees were snapped or uprooted by the tornado. In addition, numerous buildings were damages or destroyed by the tornado's winds or by falling trees. Also, many wires and utility poles were brought down by the falling trees.

This was the 6th confirmed tornado in the State of Maine in 2009. Maine normally averages two tornadoes a year. The last confirmed tornado in Maine was on July 18th in the Town of Bethel in Oxford County (EF-0).

To learn more about preparing for any emergency, visit MainePrepares.

To learn more about tornadoes, visit the National Weather Service site Tornadoes....Nature's Most Violent Storms



National Weather Service, Gray, Maine


Last update: 07/20/10