National Weather Service
The latest storms brought down trees and power lines in Wilbraham, Springfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden and elsewhere.
The third largest tornado to occur in Massachusetts since the Worcester Tornado in 1953 will also be noted for the length of its damage path – approximately 39 miles.
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.
When the storm hit Westfield, many residents were still on the roads returning from work. The Mayor says timing of the storm may have been a good thing.
It’s still not clear how powerful Wednesday’s tornadoes measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, but one expert said the damage they left behind is “impressive.”
A strong storm system that has been responsible for the severe weather outbreak over the South-Central and Southeast United States will make its way into Southern New England tonight bringing with it heavy rainfall, strong to damaging winds and the potential for minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide late Saturday Evening through early Sunday Morning..
Afternoon weather discussion of the potential for a rain/snow mix to end the week.
One year after the devastating March storms and subsequent flooding, victims are still cleaning up and rebuilding.
Behind the departing low, some early sunshine this morning, but as the ground warms clouds and the wave passes through expect more clouds to rotate through, as well as the slight risk for a few passing light showers or sprinkles. Behind the short wave, skies should be breaking this afternoon for some increasing sunshine with a breezy west wind. Highs will be in the 40′s in the clouds, Lwr 50′s in the sunshine towards the coastal plain. Most of the sun today will be found in the south…yet most should be clearing as we head towards evening.
Upper level winds from the SW are advecting a warm balmy airmass up the east coast. But cooler air is charging back into the eastern half of the country so This warm balmy air is being lifted up, cooled, condenced into steady to heavy rains which are extending from Vermont to the Carolinas today.