Two popular Connecticut state parks that have been closed since last May due to storm damage are reopening to the public.

Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford, Connecticut has already reopened. Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Connecticut is expected to open this spring.

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Connecticut. ( Photo)

The two parks were closed last May after a powerful storm caused extensive damage, knocking down hundreds of trees, including more than 800 in Wharton Brook State Park alone.

The National Weather Service reported the storm involved a tornado that transitioned into a powerful microburst, which had 100-mile-per-hour winds.