Skip to comments.Small tornado flips semi on Memorial Bridge, Springfield Mass (VIDEO)
Posted on 06/01/2011 3:49:54 PM PDT by RaceBannon
Wow, you can see the cars lined up in the right lane as the tornado follows the river south, then as it crosses the bridge, look at the lanes, the far side, as the tornado exits the bridge, there is a semi laying down in the left lane
facebook friends are saying that the local hospitals have several hundred injuries, many houses down, that tornado did hit during rush hour as it went down the river, across the bridge, and down rte 91 a short bit, the streets of Springfield would have been filled with rush hour traffic.
The storm heading east as it is, means many other high population centers are being hit, worcestor, Boston, Framingham
I hope no one was in that semi...
We had some pretty active lightning and loud thunder and tuned in local news that started at 4pm and that tiny front was suddenly huge. Around Springfield one cell after another popped up.
How many tornadoes were there? I heard of one or two in Springfield, one in Monson, one in Worcester, 3-5 tornadoes?
Channel 7 Boston is still running videos and interviews.
to Bristol & Plymouth counties
West Springfield reports major damage along Rt. 5. Westfield MA is under a state of emergency, reports of no phone service or mower in many parts of the city.
That is from last weeks Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
But that was no semi. It was a ~40 ft. tractor/trailer (18 wheeler).
Lexington/Concord/Waltham area - heavy rains, thunder and lightning, but no tornadoes!
Didn’t shut down the PC, either...
I am not up there anymore, but I am paying attention!!
The 29 year old driver of that semi suffered a broken arm, but was otherwise OK. He gave TV interviews.
That video aired last week.....it was taken in Oklahoma.
ABC World News Tonight, 45 minutes ago in the Eastern Time Zone, showed coverage of the tornado ripping through Springfield, Massachusetts. It looked bad.
Here in Maine, the entire state is under a tornado watch.
One reported dead in west spfld. due to tree on car.
YIKES....Maine has tornadoes???
I know it’s not funny, but I can’t get that They Might Be Giants song, “When Tornados Take Over the World” out of my head.
You got worse weather than I did, didn’t you, being north of here. Initial radar made it look to be a Flash Boom Bye. I don’t think I’ve seen cells grow so explosively. I don’t recall MA having such damaging twisters, either.
I may have grown a bit addled, being sixty; however, I’ve lived here all my life and I don’t recall EVER seeing a twister...
One witness just said 5 blocks in Springfield are devastated. Brimfield, Monson, Worcester and Springfield were hit bad.
I don’t think eastern MA has seen a tornado. I hear when a cell hits cool temps. it loses the energy it needs to twist.
I’ve seen wind sheer here, not many years ago, and that’s enough for me!
The last outbreak in MA that I remember being this bad was back on June 9, 1953 - the Worcester “White City” tornado.
Windsor Locks (CT, right near MA border) had a tornado in 1979, and Worcester had a major one in 1953. That one sucked my great-aunt out of her farmhouse and brought her about 200 feet from her house. She had back problems the rest of her life, but survived.
Watching my local CT news and the view of the tornado crossing the river is amazing.
okay folks...what does “semi” actually mean?....is there a “full” version?
In case you aren’t watching, Tornado watches have been issued for all Eastern MA except Cape Cod. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of such a thing.
Certainly a unique vantage point.
LIVE COVERAGE from Springfield, MA:
I’m older than most here, and I remember that tornado in Worcester in ‘53. I was a brand new nurse in Boston and they asked for volunteers to go help in the hospitals, so my roomies and I went. A swath of a flat mess, with the occasional refrigerator still standing. And one home would be wiped out with little or no damage to the one next door. (I’ll take hurricanes anytime!!)
The weatherman on Boston 7 TV just said that 50s tornado was the worst before this one.
Tornadoes are rare in Maine, but they do happen from time to time.
About a year or two ago one touched down in northern Maine, but it just tore through a forest and knocked down a bunch of pine trees. It didn’t hit any buildings.
I think they cancelled the tornado watch here in Maine....earlier, the watch area extended from Maine all the way down to southeast Pennsylvania.
... got any others?
I live in eastern Mass, and a tornado touched down here about 8-10 years ago. There’s been tornado warnings all evening.
I remember the Worcester tornado.
Your great aunt was fortunate to have survived.
Have you escaped the storms today?
semi = tractor trailer
longer version than most of the raw footage, no sound
longer version than most of the raw footage, no sound
Yes, we just had a few t-storms, nothing too bad. I’m much closer to LI sound and most of the bad weather was along the CT-MA border and further north. You?
Actually my entire family survived it—grandma, and her 2 brothers and 1 sister. They even had a radio survive it despite demolishing the farm house. The radio manufacturer used it in an advert.
Wow. Y’all be safe!
Oh and BTW from what I understand the 53 tornado ended just about at my family’s farm in Southborough MA, so while it was an F4, it might have been petering out by then.
Still, it lives on in family lore.
Tornado watch all day over the entire state of New Hampshire...never saw so much as a drop of rain...zzzzzzzzz.
I pray Six Flags in Agawam was spared.
That film footage is slightly wrong, That is West Springfield Along Roue 5 by the Train Bridge than it hit the Memorial Bridge and looked like it headed across the river to Springfield. Ya it's an old stomping ground, know it well...
I can't remember If I just went 2nd shift CAD, or was carpooling with a bunch of guys on 1st, In Windsor. But I got to go home through the devistation. The sky turned greenish purple. It was frightening. The Bradley Air Museum's outdoor display area planes were tossed like toys. The story of a restored Corvette that was not thrown but was literally sand-blasted and all paint was removed. The old trees just lifted up and tossed like toys nto to mention all the homes just gone.
It will give you a healthy respect for tornados....
Lived in Fairfield County (SW CT) back then & remember that tornado ... very unusual. Memorial Bridge in Springfield, MA played a prominent role in the 1975 movie 'The Reincarnation of Peter Proud'. Interesting movie ... check it out.
Worcester had a bad tornado 40 or so years ago. It hit downtown at 5 o’clock in the afternoon on a weekday. I think a lot of people were killed.
north of that about 3 miles as the crow flies
How did you like that last 412 lightning strikes a minute? It’s east now and down to 200 something.
When I heard rapid stereo blasts I logged off again.
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