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Small tornado flips semi on Memorial Bridge, Springfield Mass (VIDEO)
http://www1.whdh.com/video/player/?clipId=5908431 ^ | WHDH TV Boston Television

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
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1 posted on 06/01/2011 3:49:57 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon

http://www1.whdh.com/video/player/?clipId=5908431


2 posted on 06/01/2011 3:50:30 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: RaceBannon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=33d09LecVLk


3 posted on 06/01/2011 3:52:17 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: RaceBannon

http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/weather/tornado-damage-reported-in-springfield-25-apx-20110601


4 posted on 06/01/2011 3:55:04 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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5 posted on 06/01/2011 3:55:53 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: RaceBannon

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


6 posted on 06/01/2011 4:03:52 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: RaceBannon
Not sure where this is from but it destroyed that semi...

7 posted on 06/01/2011 4:14:50 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Liz Cheney/Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I hope no one was in that semi...


8 posted on 06/01/2011 4:17:57 PM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: RaceBannon; Radix
When it got dark in the afternoon I looked at radar online and saw a small t-storm cell west and heading my way. It was moving fast and didn't look like I needed to shut down.

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

9 posted on 06/01/2011 4:20:31 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: RaceBannon

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.


10 posted on 06/01/2011 4:20:44 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Clint N. Suhks

That is from last weeks Oklahoma tornado outbreak.


11 posted on 06/01/2011 4:21:06 PM PDT by CaptSkip
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Wow.

But that was no semi. It was a ~40 ft. tractor/trailer (18 wheeler).

12 posted on 06/01/2011 4:23:44 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (A "Moderate Muslim"? Nothing more than a Muslim Extremist who has run out of ammo.)
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To: Lady Jag

Lexington/Concord/Waltham area - heavy rains, thunder and lightning, but no tornadoes!

Didn’t shut down the PC, either...


13 posted on 06/01/2011 4:24:29 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Lady Jag

I am not up there anymore, but I am paying attention!!


14 posted on 06/01/2011 4:26:27 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: goodnesswins

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.


15 posted on 06/01/2011 4:29:40 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Palin / West in 2012 or West / Palin. Either combination will serve America well.)
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To: RaceBannon

One reported dead in west spfld. due to tree on car.


16 posted on 06/01/2011 4:30:23 PM PDT by matt04
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

YIKES....Maine has tornadoes???


17 posted on 06/01/2011 4:36:37 PM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: RaceBannon

Amazing video.

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.


18 posted on 06/01/2011 4:37:26 PM PDT by JustCallMeFrank
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To: Jack Hammer

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.


19 posted on 06/01/2011 4:37:46 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: Lady Jag

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...


20 posted on 06/01/2011 4:41:06 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: RaceBannon

One witness just said 5 blocks in Springfield are devastated. Brimfield, Monson, Worcester and Springfield were hit bad.


21 posted on 06/01/2011 4:50:33 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: RaceBannon

And Sturbridge.


22 posted on 06/01/2011 4:51:06 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: Jack Hammer

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!


23 posted on 06/01/2011 4:55:53 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: Lady Jag

The last outbreak in MA that I remember being this bad was back on June 9, 1953 - the Worcester “White City” tornado.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJciyLvvfKI


24 posted on 06/01/2011 5:09:50 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Lady Jag

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.


25 posted on 06/01/2011 5:11:31 PM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

okay folks...what does “semi” actually mean?....is there a “full” version?


26 posted on 06/01/2011 5:12:37 PM PDT by cherry
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To: RaceBannon; Jack Hammer

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.


27 posted on 06/01/2011 5:16:11 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: RaceBannon

Certainly a unique vantage point.


28 posted on 06/01/2011 5:18:44 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: RaceBannon

LIVE COVERAGE from Springfield, MA:

http://www.wggb.com/


29 posted on 06/01/2011 5:18:54 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

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!!)


30 posted on 06/01/2011 5:36:51 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: LibFreeOrDie

The weatherman on Boston 7 TV just said that 50s tornado was the worst before this one.


31 posted on 06/01/2011 5:37:52 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: goodnesswins

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.


32 posted on 06/01/2011 5:42:03 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Palin / West in 2012 or West / Palin. Either combination will serve America well.)
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To: RaceBannon

Global warming!!
BUSH’S FAULT!!

... got any others?


33 posted on 06/01/2011 5:55:51 PM PDT by Mike-o-Matic
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To: Lady Jag

I live in eastern Mass, and a tornado touched down here about 8-10 years ago. There’s been tornado warnings all evening.


34 posted on 06/01/2011 5:57:42 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: Exit148

I remember the Worcester tornado.

Scary stuff,


35 posted on 06/01/2011 6:05:36 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Betis70

Your great aunt was fortunate to have survived.

Have you escaped the storms today?


36 posted on 06/01/2011 6:07:43 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: cherry

semi = tractor trailer


37 posted on 06/01/2011 6:13:00 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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http://publisher.grabnetworks.com/video/watch?grabnetworks_video_id=4719212

longer version than most of the raw footage, no sound


38 posted on 06/01/2011 6:34:41 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: RaceBannon; stowaway; jjm2111; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; mcswan; ...

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

longer version than most of the raw footage, no sound


39 posted on 06/01/2011 6:37:20 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: Lady Jag

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.


40 posted on 06/01/2011 6:37:55 PM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: RaceBannon

Wow. Y’all be safe!


41 posted on 06/01/2011 6:43:19 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: Lady Jag

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.


42 posted on 06/01/2011 6:43:56 PM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: RaceBannon

Tornado watch all day over the entire state of New Hampshire...never saw so much as a drop of rain...zzzzzzzzz.


43 posted on 06/01/2011 6:49:24 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: RaceBannon
That is a dramatic video.

I pray Six Flags in Agawam was spared.

44 posted on 06/01/2011 6:58:37 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: matt04; All
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 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...

45 posted on 06/01/2011 7:01:12 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Betis70
Windsor Locks (CT, right near MA border) had a tornado in 1979,

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....

46 posted on 06/01/2011 7:08:14 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Betis70
Windsor Locks (CT, right near MA border) had a tornado in 1979 ...

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.

47 posted on 06/01/2011 7:10:25 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Lady Jag

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.


48 posted on 06/01/2011 7:19:01 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: billorites

north of that about 3 miles as the crow flies


49 posted on 06/01/2011 7:22:54 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: RaceBannon

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.


50 posted on 06/01/2011 7:23:38 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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