Some parts of the city looked untouched. And then there were the sections that in the words of the mayor looked like Godzilla came in and ripped off roofs, knocked down buildings, toppled trees and shattered windows.
"This was a very powerful storm," Mayor Bill Finch said. "We're just going to have to get through this like we have to get through everything."
Bridgeport, which has struggled with poverty, crime and political corruption while making progress with sports stadiums and downtown developments, is used to setbacks. Now the city can add a severe storm packing ferocious winds to its list of woes.
The storm tore through Connecticut's largest city on Thursday, toppling trees and power lines and collapsing several buildings as a powerful line of storms swept across parts of the Northeast. Remarkably, no serious injuries were reported.
Hundreds of bricks shook loose from buildings, trees split in half and crushed cars and a billboard hung precariously several stories up over Main Street. Nine buildings were partially or fully collapsed, including at least three that were brought to their foundations. Rescuers searched the rubble to ensure no one had been inside.