Springfield, MA Tornado: A Weird Place For A Tornado

As everyone has been saying, this has been a weird season for tornados. It is weird not only for the total number of tornados, the damage, death, and destruction, but where they are happening. Most of the tornados that have spawned since the season began in April have not happened in what people call “Tornado Alley” but in places like Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, and the latest, Massachusetts. Yes, they get tornados in these states but not usually that often or that deadly.

The latest tornado hit Springfield, Massachusetts on Wednesday, giving the people there only a ten minute warning to take shelter. As of today, there are only four people that are confirmed to have been killed and at least two hundred injured but none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.

The tornado happened in late afternoon and tore through nineteen communities. The tornado brought along with it high winds, large hail stones, rain, lightening, and thunder. This particular tornado cut a path at least ten blocks wide.
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One senator who toured the devastated area said that he has never seen this kind of devastation or damage in Massachusetts where there were many storefronts smashed and snapped trees. In western and central Massachusetts there were about forty thousand customers who did not have electricity.

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