BOSTON (CBS) – The National Weather Service has declared one of Wednesday’s tornadoes in Massachusetts an EF-3, the third highest ranking in terms of damage, with wind speeds from 136-to-165 miles per hour.
The NWS statement said the EF-3 rating applies to “the tornado that passed from Westfield through Springfield and eastward to Monson and beyond.”
They hope to have more information late Friday evening.
165 mile-an-hour winds would equal a Category 5 hurricane, the most serious of hurricanes.
Two teams from the weather service are touring western and central Massachusetts to learn more about the twisters’ speed, force, and exact path.
The Enhanced Fujita Scale is a set of wind estimates based on damage.