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National Guard called to Springfield
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Posted on 06/01/2011 6:35:46 PM PDT by matt04

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Thomas Walsh, aide to Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News that the City of Springfield has requested that the National Guard come to the city, where there has been damage from a tornado.

Walsh said that all motorists are advised to stay at home and not venture out onto the roads, in order to give emergency workers time to get to where they need to go.

Walsh said that the National Guard is on its way.

The State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) has been called in to help search damaged buildings for the possibility that anyone is trapped. Traffic into the city is being limited, as highway ramps leading to the city have been closed by State Police.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: nationalguard; springfield; tornado
If you don't have to be in Springfield, don't seems to be the the for the next day or two.
1 posted on 06/01/2011 6:35:55 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Saw videos and stills on this one and it looked like this was a powerful tornadoe that took place.


2 posted on 06/01/2011 6:38:02 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: matt04
If you don't have to be in Springfield, don't seems to be the the for the next day or two.

"he's speaking in tongues"<*smiles*>

3 posted on 06/01/2011 6:40:25 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: matt04

F0? F1?


4 posted on 06/01/2011 6:42:41 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: matt04

Now there is even less of a reason to go to Springfield. That’s a mighty rough town. I can imagine there will be many who see this as an opportunity for gain.


5 posted on 06/01/2011 6:43:02 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: matt04
Tore some stuff up...


6 posted on 06/01/2011 6:46:28 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: who knows what evil?
"F0? F1?"

Springfield Massachusetts is a hard-luck town on it's best day.

Prayers to all.

7 posted on 06/01/2011 6:47:24 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Dallas59
When exterior and interior walls are knocked down that is by definition winds in the realm of EF-2 or EF-3 at least.

Very bad storm by any standard.

8 posted on 06/01/2011 6:49:50 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: who knows what evil?

check my posts, I posted videos of some, the tornado outbreak went 50 miles almost, other towns are hit very hard, the hospitals were swamped, these are NOT small hospitals, either


9 posted on 06/01/2011 6:51:05 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: matt04
"State Police Special Emergency Response Team, National Guard on the way... "

Like when they have a teacher's strike?

10 posted on 06/01/2011 6:53:36 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: matt04

...just found this article on FOX....very interesting. I wonder if the government would give rebates?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/01/kevlar-bunker-provides-safehouse-tornado-survivor/


11 posted on 06/01/2011 6:53:51 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: who knows what evil?

http://publisher.grabnetworks.com/video/watch?grabnetworks_video_id=4719212


12 posted on 06/01/2011 6:54:55 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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13 posted on 06/01/2011 6:55:31 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

Amazing pictures. From the local press reports Munson and the surrounding area seems to as bad, if not worse. It was just reported that several nearby communities, with very little storm damage will not get power back until Tuesday at 11PM. They still have no idea of what the damage is in the Munson and Palmer areas.


14 posted on 06/01/2011 7:07:14 PM PDT by matt04
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National Grid is reporting that the towns of East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Brimfield and Wilburham have close to 100% power outages with estimated restoration of Tues. June 2 at 11PM. Munson, Palmer, Brimfield and Whales do have slightly lower percentages in the dark as of now, but they do not have a Restoration time yet.

This was a serous storm, and I don’t think we have even come close to seeing the damage outside of Springfield yet.


15 posted on 06/01/2011 7:13:31 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Dallas59
Oh my.... Did it just miss “Red Rose Pizzeria” ?
16 posted on 06/01/2011 7:19:16 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Dallas59
Oh my.... Did it just miss “Red Rose Pizzeria” ?
17 posted on 06/01/2011 7:19:35 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Dallas59
That's just incredible damage.

A lot of families in the Springfield area don't have the resources to recover from such a blow.

18 posted on 06/01/2011 7:31:23 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: matt04

I have family in East Longmeadow, West Springfiled and Wibraham...I know better than to even try calling tonite. Prayers ofr the communities affected. New Englanders will pull together and help eachother out (except the looters in Springfield I’ve heard reports of already). I’m glad they called in the National Guard. My aunt is in an assisted living facility there (Reed’s Landing), if anyone has news, please post.


19 posted on 06/01/2011 7:52:15 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: taildragger

Yes.


20 posted on 06/01/2011 9:17:21 PM PDT by matt04
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To: SueRae

I have been following the local news a lot. I haven’t heard anything about Reed’s Landing specifically, but they did show damage to nearby Springfield College. Numerous trees down and some blown out windows.

They showed downtown from Rt. 5 across the river. It is totally dark with the exception of some of the large buildings which must have their own backup generators.


21 posted on 06/01/2011 9:24:54 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Doogle

lol...I think I know what he means...


22 posted on 06/01/2011 9:49:12 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: matt04

Thank you Matt. The footage of that storm sucking up the Connecticut river between the two bridges to downtown was astounding. The damage looks extensive, so many buildings made of old brick. If you are in that area, be safe...and thank you for the report.


23 posted on 06/02/2011 3:21:19 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Rennes Templar

me too..........*smiles*...I fall to that type of typing often.


24 posted on 06/02/2011 4:23:37 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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