BOSTON (CBS) — Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency confirms there were at least four deaths in Wednesday’s tornadoes.

Gov. Deval Patrick had said during a news conference just before 8 p.m. that he knew of at least one death in West Springfield, when a car overturned.

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MEMA officials later confirmed two fatalities occurred in West Springfield, one in Springfield and one in Brimfield. Early reports from MEMA of two deaths in Westfield were incorrect.

Tornado touchdowns were confirmed in a number of communities, including Westfield, Springfield, West Springfield, Brimfield, Wilbraham, Sturbridge, Monson, Oxford, Charlton, and Agawam.

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In a second news conference, this time from the MEMA bunker in Framingham, Gov. Patrick asked people to give search and rescue teams and assessment teams a chance to do their jobs Wednesday night and Thursday. He said there is lots of tree damage, debris on roads and live wires down.

He also encouraged people to check on their neighbors.

“We will do whatever we have to do to meet the needs of people to protect public safety,” said the governor.

Comments (16)
  1. julie says:

    God bless the families of the people who perished in this terrible storm. People think tornados can’t happen in NE, but they can happen anywhere…now 3 people are dead and they never imagined they’d be killed in tornado today.

    They need sirens in every town and every city in the country. If they had knwon before hand- maybe they would have been able to get to safety.

  2. ponyknit says:

    WBZ news report is currently telling people to go online to find a red cross shelter. Are you kidding me? Many people in affected areas have no power. They are the ones that need the red cross and your going to say that people need to log in? C’mon! If they’re listening to you they have some power, can’t you mention where the shelters are? Has society created such arrogance?

  3. emom says:

    I think in light of what happened yesterday , people in this state or in any state SHOULD take this time to find out WHAT their area has for emergency shelters… I think we it is important that we as americans KNOW where they are and what paths we should take to get to them. Take the time to have and emergency plan. For any kind of emergency… Hurricanes, ,Floods, severe power outages, fire, dissasters of any kind and especially tornados,. We never know when we might need help of some kind , we may never know when the next disaster will happen , or if it will happen to us. Take the time to make an emergency plan, for at home, while on vacation, visiting friends, and family, for anywhere. Its a good idea to have this info even thou you may never need it. Its good to have. I DID , and very glad I had, it came in handy once many years ago. I pray for alll those that need help, and for those that are hurt and have lost their lives, Protect yourself.

    1. Southbridge33 says:

      I lived in Ma for 16 years and there was never a tornado. Just thank god for there being basements and places to hide. This article forgtot one town though a small town called southbridge was hit as well. and they were denied money for fixes until 6 weeks later! the government refused to declare it a disaster zone when hundreds of people needed places to stay! God bless all teh people that had to go through this.

  4. Jeff Donaldson says:

    Did the children of the man and woman shown on TV being rescued from thier collapsed house been found??