Several Tornadoes Touch Down In Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD (CBS/AP) — Several tornadoes touched down in Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon, killing at least four people and damaging property across more than a dozen communities.

Tornadoes were confirmed in Westfield, Springfield, West Springfield, Wilbraham, Sturbridge, Monson, Oxford, Charlton, Agawam, Brimfield, and Douglas. Damage from the storms was reported in 19 communities.

By Wednesday evening, at least four people were confirmed dead, along with dozens of injuries.  Governor Patrick has declared a State of Emergency.

Speaking at MEMA headquarters after 9 p.m., Gov. Patrick said the National Guard would be fully deployed by Thursday morning, with 1,000 guardsmen on duty. He reported extensive damage in Hampden County, including more than 48,000 customers without power.

Web Extra: Video From Westfield

Gov. Patrick urged people to dial 2-1-1 to receive non-emergency information. He also encouraged residents to check on their neighbors if it is safe to do so, and said he won’t know specifics about shelters until officials can determine how many people have been displaced by the severe weather.

The governor asked schools in the 19 affected communities to close for the day Thursday.

Gov. Patrick added that there were preliminary reports from State Police Col. Marian McGovern of looting in downtown Springfield after the first of two tornadoes ripped through the city.

The Roman Catholic diocese of Springfield said a retired priest was among those injured.

Mark Dupont, a spokesman for the diocese, said the storm damaged St. Michael’s Retired Priest Residence. He said one priest was injured and the remaining priests living at the facility were moved to a nearby rectory. The extent of the man’s injuries was not immediately known.

Web Extra: Video From West Springfield

Dupont also says some windows at a Catholic high school in Springfield were blown out during the storm but all of the students were safe.

“You could see things were coming,” said Deborah McCarthy, who witnessed the tornado in Springfield from inside an office building. “Trees were starting to snap around us and the windows smashed on the upper floors. You can see cars flipped over, too.”

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south westfield tornado Several Tornadoes Touch Down In Massachusetts“This is a major, major, major situation; a very dangerous situation,” said WBZ-TV meteorologist Todd Gutner during the height of the storms.

According to WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez, there were some people on Union Street in Springfield trapped in homes. Emergency crews were working into the night to get everybody to safety. As Perez was live on television Wednesday evening, a man covered in dust and blood emerged from the ruins of a home, where a child remained trapped.

Jonathan Elias reports from West Springfield

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The sky over I-90 in Strubridge at 5:30 p.m. on June 1. (credit: Diana Perez/WBZ)

Ray Webber, a Skywarn weather spotter in Springfield, said he saw a wall cloud and the formation of a tornado. He said there were lots of trees down and at least one tractor trailer on its side.

WATCH: Video from Springfield courtesy Chris Reeves

Pictures of Springfield show severe damage. There are many buildings missing roofs, others with their fronts torn off, and some completely flattened. There is also an obvious path of trees torn down.

The state police activated its Special Emergency Response Team and members of the K-9 Unit to assist in searching damaged structures for survivors.

Dana Markawitz of the Springfield Falcons talks with WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Anthony Silva about the damage he’s seeing

Highway ramps into Springfield were closed, and many roads in Springfield were impassable because of downed trees and power lines.

Tornado Moves Through Springfield

In Westfield, video showed a school with its roof torn off and classrooms littered with debris.

There were reports of debris falling from the sky miles away, in towns like Milford and Medway.

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Tractor Trailer Tipped In Springfield

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One of the many storms that passed through Amherst Wednesday. (credit: Kristen Patchy)

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  • lisa

    We got hit in southbridge.. damaged houses tress down

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  • John

    Second touch down at 6;20pm in Springfield

    • joe

      drama news ——————enough —————– !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Whatever

    I was not affected by it all.

  • amanda

    saw debris coming down in walpole from the remnants of the first big cell passing through here; cannot imagine what people out in springfield et al are experiencing…

  • jane doe

    any reports of damage in Longmeadow?

  • jon gentili

    Debris was falling in upton, I have insulation in my front yard.

  • Alan

    Kudos to Todd Gutner, excellent job!!!!

  • Joe Marshall

    I am truly sorry for all the folks that have sustainted damage and injury back there. I was truly surprised to hear about a toronados in MASS. We are truly blessed to live in Arizona where we only have to deal with the heat in the summer, but only if we live in the Valley. One hour and a half north and you don’t even have that problem.

  • AJ

    LOL, more media sensationalism. They’re called “big dust devils.” Tornadoes in MA!

    • Lynn

      Four people have died and you’re calling them dust devils? Stay classy.

    • Grecia

      “Given that global wrnaimg is unequivocal,” climate scientist Kevin Trenberth cautioned the American Meteorological Society in January of this year, “the null hypothesis should be that all weather events are affected by global wrnaimg rather than the inane statements along the lines of ‘of course we cannot attribute any particular weather event to global wrnaimg.’”Just to add a little bit more to the debate. The last two winters in the UK have been dire, especially the last one. As I understand it, this was due to a weak jetstream allowing cold air from the Arctic to move south. It is also my understanding that heat=energy which means that the jetstream should be stronger due to global wrnaimg therefore we should not have had these cold winters. The warmists did say in the 1990 s that snow would be very rare in the UK at the beginning of this century.The mushroom policy is alive and well (kept in the dark and fed on s**t).

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  • Jaimo

    God Bless all you guys over the border from us in CT. We’re going to be getting a nasty T-storm pretty soon in the Hartford area with some rotation. Hopefully it doesn’t become what you guys went through.

    Vernon just sent rescue workers up to Springy.


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  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    Maybe a new tax to help the tornadoes deal with their anger and move them to the ocean is money well spent. Also a community committee should be crated, also at taxpayer’s expense, to find solutions and council those that were upset by the weather.


  • Judy

    I second the excellent job to Todd Gutner!!

    • Italo

      Kudos to ‘BZ’s work today, too. I just keep going back to channel-surfing last night and hearing Pete on ‘HDH expressing that he just didn’t see a severe weather setup really coming together for today, and saying that we’d be probably up to 98% not having anything to worry about. I wonder if he was thinking that tonight while tracking the twisters! Of course none of the mets could foresee today’s tornadic activity; but I think all the mets would’ve agreed that the potential was there for severity today with all the heat, humidity, sun coming out, and strong jet stream winds. Today’s technology and mets, overall, helped a lot of people today.

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