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4 reported dead after tornadoes in Mass.
AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 1, 10:29 PM EDT | STEPHEN SINGER

Posted on 06/01/2011 7:47:41 PM PDT by quantim

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- At least two tornadoes swept through western and central Massachusetts Wednesday, sending debris slamming into buildings and killing four people, Massachusetts' governor said.

Gov. Deval Patrick said two people died in Westfield, one in West Springfield, and one in Brimfield in the central part of the state. He had no details about those killed.

The storms did extensive damage in Springfield, the state's third largest city.

State police report 33 injuries in Springfield. Police said five of the injuries were reported serious and required surgery.

Patrick said the path of damage from the first and more powerful of the two tornadoes extended from Westfield, just west of Springfield, and extended east to the community of Douglas. He said the second, slightly less powerful, tornado cut a path from West Springfield all the way to Sturbridge in the central part of the state.

Patrick declared a state of emergency and called up 1,000 National Guardsmen.

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KEYWORDS: tornado
That seems like a lot of National Guards -

They must be expecting looting.

Prayers for the perished and their families.

1 posted on 06/01/2011 7:47:42 PM PDT by quantim
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To: quantim
"he went to a downtown bar in Springfield to wait for a ride. "

That's my severe weather plan.

2 posted on 06/01/2011 7:51:54 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: quantim
Tornadoes in Mass. are kind of unusual aren't they?
3 posted on 06/01/2011 7:51:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: quantim

Reports of some looting earlier. One reporter saw people picking up metal debris outside buildings, but not going into buildings. Widespread power outage; no street lights. Lots of fallen trees and blocked roads.

Live continuing newscast:

http://www1.whdh.com/video/7newslive


4 posted on 06/01/2011 7:53:12 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: smokingfrog

Killer ones, yes. In the Berkshires in the 70’s and ‘95. Last bad outbreak in today’s area was the Worcester tornado of June 9, 1953.


5 posted on 06/01/2011 7:55:41 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: smokingfrog

We get tornadoes up here once every 10-15 years AT MOST.

Having multiple tornadoes on the same day just doesn’t happen often at all.


6 posted on 06/01/2011 8:00:27 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: smokingfrog

That is exactly what I was thinking


7 posted on 06/01/2011 8:01:22 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: smokingfrog

Here in MI we had four touchdowns of tornadoes in the last 48 hours, no dead thankfully.

I’ve been hit twice directly over the last 20 years, only 10 miles apart. But when global cooling meets global warming /s it is always dangerous.


8 posted on 06/01/2011 8:05:50 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim

So when is the president coming to campaign?


9 posted on 06/01/2011 8:38:38 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: quantim

RIP.


10 posted on 06/01/2011 8:53:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: smokingfrog

We had two tornadoes here in CT last summer, nothing like this one though.

We do get fairly violent t-storms, but not usually tornadoes or even tornado warnings.


11 posted on 06/01/2011 8:57:43 PM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: quantim

Oddly enough my house here in Metrowest MA was hit tonight for the second time in about five years. Last time the strike blew off part of the front of the house and almost killed my daughter. Very scary. Tonight we were spared again...only the smell of sulphur and a hugh bang. Two fire engines and several cop cars later, we’re still in one piece, didn’t even lose electricity. Cats and dachshunds fine, too, Thank God.


12 posted on 06/01/2011 9:04:10 PM PDT by hershey
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To: quantim
There was this one in 1979 that came through and destroyed or damaged at the New England Air Museum a bunch of planes, including a B-29 that was waiting to be restored:

...and this F-4 tornado in 1953 that killed 93 people:

I am down in Washington DC, and got a call from my wife earlier who said she was huddled in the hallway of our house up in MA with the shades all drawn and doors closed...she didn't really know what to do. We don't have a cellar or a bathtub...

13 posted on 06/01/2011 9:35:43 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: quantim

I wouldn’t be surprised at the looting inference. Springfield is a sad shell of a city that has been taken over by a lot of scum...they might well have expected looting.


14 posted on 06/01/2011 9:36:37 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: quantim

On June 9, 1953, at about 5:08 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, an F4-F5 tornado, the most severe in New England’s history, tore across Massachusetts for 46 miles in 84 minutes, stopping before it reached Boston. (4) The tornado disaster resulted in 94 deaths, 1,300 injured, 10,000 homeless, 4,000 damaged buildings and hundreds of damaged cars. Total damages were estimated at about $52 million ($349 million in 2002 dollars).


15 posted on 06/01/2011 9:38:30 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: hershey

Wow, that is frightening... I was not affected by these storms, but I’ve been monitoring chatter in a New England weather watcher forum, and saw reports of horrendous lightning in the Concord area. I have relatives in Acton who were out of town during the day, just returning about now, and hope that their home made it through the onslaught OK...


16 posted on 06/01/2011 9:46:11 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Zeppo

I live five miles from there, and am not surprised my wife was a nervous wreck. She doesn’t like inclement weather like that...


17 posted on 06/01/2011 9:57:51 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: quantim

Wow, something bad happened in Massachusetts; we’ve had sixteen responses so far; and no one has blamed Mitt Romney. Given the usual FR attitude, I’m surprised.


18 posted on 06/02/2011 12:39:52 AM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: GOPsterinMA
Having multiple tornadoes on the same day just doesn’t happen often at all.

Wrong. Pay no attention to media propaganda. The 1953 Worcester tornado was accompanied by two other severe tornadoes.

19 posted on 06/02/2011 2:49:55 AM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: Betis70

It just brushed by us in Hartland, I saw the sky and told my kids to batten down the hatches. Nasty looking sky moving very fast.It hit just North of us in Westfield.


20 posted on 06/02/2011 5:57:05 AM PDT by ABN 505
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To: ABN 505

I was glued to my local news last night. The weather guy was saying things like “In my 35 years covering weather in New England, I’ve never seen two tornado watch boxes like this.”

And that was after this tornado, about 7pm or so. They had one watch box in the same place in Springfield and another one just north and east closer to Worcester.


21 posted on 06/02/2011 6:15:57 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: quantim

I saw a partial video on the news with this woman screaming. I think it was in this state. WHere do we find these videos to watch?


22 posted on 06/02/2011 4:40:30 PM PDT by Fawn (No--bama 2012)
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