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Tornado on Ground in Springfield, Massachusetts

 
 
Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 02:40 pm
CNN weather guy just said there is a tornado on the ground in Springfield.

All our A2K folks in New England, please stay alert and be safe.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 02:42 pm
@Butrflynet,
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MA/011.html#TOR

http://icons.wxug.com/data/nids/BOX19_thumb_t_mm.jpg

Quote:
Eastern Hampden
Tornado Warning
Statement as of 4:36 PM EDT on June 01, 2011

... A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 515 PM EDT for eastern
Hampden... extreme southeastern Hampshire... southwestern Worcester...
north central Windham... northern Tolland and extreme northeastern
Hartford counties...

At 431 PM EDT... local law enforcement reported a tornado in
Westfield in the shaker Road area. At 435 PM a tornado was reported
by amateur radio operators half a mile from Main Street in
Springfield heading toward downtown Springfield. This is a very
dangerous situation. This tornado was located near
Springfield... moving east at 40 mph.

Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to
Ludlow... Wilbraham... Hampden... Palmer... Monson... Wales... Brimfield...
Warren... Holland... Brookfield and Sturbridge

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

If you are caught outside... seek shelter in a nearby reinforced
building. As a last resort... seek shelter in a culvert... ditch or low
spot and cover your head with your hands.

Heavy rainfall may obscure this tornado. Take cover now! If you wait
to see or hear it coming... it may be too late to get to a safe place.


Lat... Lon 4202 7262 4220 7263 4222 7205 4199 7203
time... Mot... loc 2035z 262deg 33kt 4212 7254


Doody




405 PM EDT Wed Jun 1 2011

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
west central Worcester County in central Massachusetts...
extreme southeastern Franklin County in western Massachusetts...
east central Hampden County in western Massachusetts...
southeastern Hampshire County in western Massachusetts...

* until 445 PM EDT

* at 359 PM EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Granby... or
6 miles south of Amherst... moving east at 35 mph.

* This storm has a history of producing Golf Ball sized hail.

* Some locations in the warning include... Belchertown... Ware...
Hardwick... Warren... West Brookfield... New Braintree... Brookfield...
North Brookfield... Oakham and East Brookfield.

When a Tornado Warning is issued based on Doppler radar... it means a
tornado may already be on the ground or is expected to develop
shortly. Take cover now! Move to an interior room on the lowest floor
of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a Mobile home... a vehicle
or outdoors... move to the closest substantial shelter and protect
yourself from flying debris.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT Wednesday evening
for northern Connecticut and Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire
and central Rhode Island.


Lat... Lon 4238 7200 4215 7199 4217 7257 4236 7257
time... Mot... loc 2004z 272deg 29kt 4229 7248


Doody

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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 02:47 pm
I don't think we have anyone in that part of MA.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 02:50 pm
@littlek,
There are warnings for the Braintree area...that's where most of my relatives live.

Am watching the Weather Channel and they are saying there are a couple buildings that have lost their roofs.
littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 02:50 pm
@Butrflynet,
I'm glad you got me to check the weather! Yikes......
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:06 pm
@littlek,
My wife does a show at the "Big E" each year. Is that area hit?
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:06 pm
@littlek,
http://radblast-mi.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/radar/WUNIDS_map?station=ENX&brand=wui&num=1&delay=15&type=N0R&frame=0&scale=0.250&noclutter=0&t=1306962103&lat=0&lon=0&label=you&showstorms=0&map.x=400&map.y=240&centerx=-290&centery=136&transx=-690&transy=-104&showlabels=1&severe=0&rainsnow=0&lightning=0&smooth=0

Currently 17 miles east of Springfield - Weather Channel says the tornado is intensifying - warnings going out for Worchester.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:09 pm
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/7590865.html

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — An apparent tornado has caused damage in Springfield, Mass.

Video aired by WWLP-TV shows a debris-filled funnel roaring through the downtown area. It also shows vehicles overturned after the winds passed through.

There was no immediate word on injuries. The television station reported heavy damage in the city's South End section.

An area of the East Coast from Pennsylvania to Maine has been under a tornado watch for much of the day.

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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:12 pm
http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/hampden/Tornado-touches-down-in-downtown-Spfld

Tornado touches down in downtown Spfld
Stay with 22News for the latest

Updated: Wednesday, 01 Jun 2011, 5:01 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 01 Jun 2011, 4:47 PM EDT


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A tornado has touched down in Downtown Springfield and toward the city's South End and East Longmeadow.

The tornado had crossed the Connecticut River from Agawam and West Springfield into the city, crossing the Connecticut River and Interstate 91.

The 22News Springfield Skycam captured images of the tornado as it crossed the river, as well as downed trees at Riverfront Park in Springfield.

Traffic on the Memorial Bridge is heavily backed-up. A tractor trailer had overturned there.

22News is at Main and Union Streets in the South End, where there is heavy damage. 22News is continuing to follow reports of damages. There are no confirmed deaths at this time.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:18 pm
Don't know if this first one is a valid photo of the area or not. Someone familiar with Springfield will have to verify it.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/large/311723777.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJF3XCCKACR3QDMOA&Expires=1306963917&Signature=phNGbzSxCR2%2FhepwKV3XJfrIAX4%3D

http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/large/311729968.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJF3XCCKACR3QDMOA&Expires=1306963933&Signature=sXKP%2F81mxWtPPxOsyLm0iVKhZcs%3D

http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/large/311732589.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJF3XCCKACR3QDMOA&Expires=1306963986&Signature=UQ2s0Xfj1odUsIl3CkkMWRzd%2Fog%3D

http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/large/311715010.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJF3XCCKACR3QDMOA&Expires=1306963988&Signature=tGgjgeqgniONVlY%2F0bMexJlf0CU%3D
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:31 pm
@Butrflynet,
Could that be New Braintree? That town is in the general Springfield area of central Mass. OTOH, Braintree is near Quincy over an hour's drive away and just south of Boston near the coast.
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:33 pm
@Butrflynet,
About an hour ago (420 PM EDT): http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/hampden/Tornado-touches-down-in-downtown-Spfld

Thunder here, no rain yet (there was rain earlier).
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:34 pm
@Butrflynet,
Yes, that first pic looks like bland downtown Springfield Mass.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:36 pm
@Ragman,
Don't know...weather warning text says New Braintree but the guys on the air are just saying Braintree.

They're now reporting that a tornado has touched down in the Sturbridge area.


Apparently there are two thunderstorm cells, the one that hit Springfield is to the south and heading south of Boston near Oxford and there is a second T-cell to the north on track for the Worscester area that hasn't produced a tornado but there are warnings out for people to take shelter in that area.
littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:37 pm
Thunder has started here in Cambridge - no rain yet
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:37 pm
@jespah,
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:38 pm
@Butrflynet,
Oxford in not south of Boston it's in worcester county. However, Boxford is north of Boston.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:40 pm
@littlek,
Weather Channel is saying the T-storm will arrive in the Boston area in about 45 minutes....they also say the cells are weakening.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:42 pm
@Butrflynet,
Dennis Leger of Springfield Fire department is saying there are hundreds of trees down and many buildings have minor damage - one building lost the top floor - several injuries - cars flipped over, starting door to door search to check for injuries in damaged houses. Says there is damage in a 17 mile area - mostly light damage, but some have been hit hard.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 03:48 pm
Renewed tornado warnings have gone up for Worcester County and new warning for Rhode Island.
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