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On Thursday afternoon, a tornado struck Bridgeport and surrounding towns. Based on a quick tour Saturday morning, the city’s downtown war memorials escaped storm damage.

In downtown Bridgeport, the war memorials outside McLevy Hall appeared fine. A large tree was  uprooted near the corner of Broad and State streets, and several trees were damaged at the City Hall annex on the other side of Broad Street.

The nearby Barnum Museum suffered damage to its building and collection during the tornado strike.

At Bridgeport’s Seaside Park, the 1876 Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument escaped damage, as did the cannon that commemorates the Spanish-American War and fountain that honors ASPCA founder Henry Bergh. We didn’t get to the area housing the Elias Howe statue, but we’re assuming it’s also OK.

Overall, the tornado damaged a number of buildings and cars in Bridgeport, and downed trees and broken limbs are a sadly common sight as you drive around. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported during the storm.


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