First ever tornado hits Massachusetts
“This was a highly unusual occurrence. In fact, there has never been a tornado during the month of February since official tornado statistics have been kept, dating back to 1950,” the National Weather Service (NWS) stated, confirming the EF-1 tornado hit the town of Conway on Saturday, with a brief touchdown in Goshen.
The tornado is said to have briefly touched down at approximately 7:18 pm Saturday in Goshen before it lifted and struck Conway from 7:20 pm to 7:25 pm. Its path varied from 50 to 200 yard as it tore through the downtown area.
“The tornado…touched down with a vengeance…in the western part of Conway,” said NSW. “Roofs were blown off, with some metal wrapped around middle and upper portions of trees. In one case, the side walls of a house were missing with the interior of the house exposed. Numerous trees and power lines were down. One injury occurred when a tree landed on a house.”
Sheesh even Conway Massachusetts saw a tornado on Saturday....— WEATHERFELT (@weathertown1) February 27, 2017
Ef 1 tornado reached 110 mph pic.twitter.com/QuNAtCqnxN
The storm initially left about 4,000 residents in the area without electricity, but power had been restored in most areas by Sunday afternoon, according to WCVB.
Massachusetts Hit by State’s First Ever February Tornado: CONWAY, Massachusetts — A town in Massachusetts is… https://t.co/6FWF59qZHh— Des Moines Daily (@desmoinesdaily) February 27, 2017
“Several people that we spoke to heard a tell-tale roaring sound and immediately sought shelter in their basements. It was very fortunate that nobody was killed in this event,” the NWS said.
State officials will tour the damaged area on Monday afternoon.
Things I wasn't expecting to see in my inbox tonight: "Acting Gov Karyn Polito" pic.twitter.com/1LtE3PJDZ9— Lauren Dezenski (@LaurenDezenski) February 27, 2017
WCVB also reported that residents in western Massachusetts were working to assess damage to their homes after a heavy storm swept through the area.