Northeast residents are cleaning up after severe storms ripped through the region Thursday
On Friday, Bridgeport, Conn., Mayor Bill Finch compared the storm damage to an attack by Godzilla. He estimated the damage to be in the millions of dollars.
"This was a very powerful storm," he said. "We're just going to have to get through this like we have to get through everything."
The National Weather Service confirmed the storm produced a 100-yard-wide tornado with winds of at least 100 mph that traveled less than a quarter-mile.
Heavy winds collapsed buildings, tore off roofs, and toppled trees. Miraculously, very few were seriously hurt. About 30 people were treated at hospitals, mostly for minor injuries.
A state of emergency has been lifted in the area as residents sift through debris and begin cleaning up.
The same system also hit Virginia and Pennsylvania, causing widespread power outages.