Hey, remember the EF-3 tornado that hit Springfield and other Massachusetts communities a while ago? Impressive footage is still dripping out from that day. The latest, taken by a well-situated security camera, shows the twister in a parking lot sending pedestrians running for the bushes and then pushing around cars. The video purportedly comes from a car wash in the southern part of Springfield.
In a "fatality information" statement updated today that reads like a Stephen King novella, the National Weather Service says that three tornadoes touched down in Massachusetts on June 1. The Springfield funnel ranked as the deadliest with three people killed; it actually traveled from Westfield to Charlton, leaving a damage trail of about 39 miles as it ripped roofs off buildings and almost completely deforested neighborhoods. You'll find the full NWS account of this "very significant" twister, as well as the video, after the jump.
From the NWS:
A supercell thunderstorm developed over western Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon. This storm strengthened and produced a long-lived...very significant tornado...that did extensive damage across Southwest and south-central Massachusetts.
This storm will be noted not only for its intensity...but also for the length of the continuous damage path...approximately 39 miles. The tornado was also very wide at some points...reaching a maximum width of one-half mile.
The tornado first touched down in the Munger Hill section of Westfield with damage mainly limited to trees...many uprooted and snapped. The roof of Munger Hill Elementary School was also damaged. The tornado rapidly intensified as it moved into west Springfield. The tornado caused extensive damage to industrial buildings and homes. Several buildings had their roofs removed by the tornado...a few structures collapsed...and several multi-story buildings lost their upper stories.
The tornado then crossed the Connecticut River at the Memorial Avenue Bridge and into the city of Springfield. Here the tornado produced extensive damage to the south side of the downtown area with many homes destroyed. In addition commercial brick buildings sustained major damage. Roofs were removed from many of these large commercial structures. The tornado also produced severe structural damage to town homes and apartments near Springfield College. The tornado continued moving east into the Island Pond section of Springfield...where Cathedral High School sustained significant damage...and many homes in this part the city were completely destroyed.
The tornado continued to move east through Wilbraham near the Wilbraham-Hampden town line producing nearly complete deforestation and significant damage to nearby structures.
The tornado then continued directly through the middle of the Town of Monson. In Monson widespread damage occurred to commercial and residential buildings...with many homes completely destroyed.
The roof of Monson High School was destroyed. Forested parts of town experienced nearly complete deforestation and in some locations tree bark was stripped from remaining trunks.
The tornado moved across the Brimfield State Forest where it reached it maximum width of approximately one-half mile. Additional significant damage occurred both to structures and forested areas for many miles before the tornado reached the Southbridge Airport. Here numerous aircraft were lifted off the ground and into the woods east of the airport.
The tornado then moved east before lifting in the southwest part of Charlton.