SPRINGFIELD (CBS) – Nearly a week after a deadly EF-3 tornado hit western and central Massachusetts, a new image from space gives a very clear picture of just how long that powerful tornado stayed on the ground.
A photo from a NASA satellite makes it easy to see the line the tornado carved into the landscape.
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The scale of devastation is amazing to see from space. For an hour and ten minutes, the twister ripped up everything in its path, leaving behind a distinct path of destruction.
It stretched 39 miles from Westfield to Charlton.
At times, it spanned a half-mile wide with winds reaching 160 mph.
The force of twister flattened buildings, snapped trees and tossed around anything in its way.
In all, three people were killed and hundreds were injured.