Thursday, June 2, 2011

Deadly tornadoes hit Massachusetts

At least four people have died in the storms, with Springfield behavior the brunt of the damage

Tornadoes have roared all the way through Massachusetts, killing at least four people.

The storms caused widespread damage in Springfield, the state's third-largest city.
Authorities said two people died in West Springfield, one in Springfield and another in Brimfield. State police said 33 people were upset in Springfield, five of whom necessary surgery.

The state governor, Deval Patrick, said the path of damage from the first and more powerful of the two tornadoes comprehensive from Westfield, just west of Springfield, to the community of Douglas. He said the second cut a path from West Springfield to Sturbridge in the central part of the state.

A state of emergency has been affirmed.

Bob Pashko of West Springfield said he was leaving his doctor's office when the storm started.

"The next thing you know the TV says a tornado hit the railroad bridge in West Springfield," said Pashko, 50. "It's the baddest I've seen."

The Rev Bob Marrone of the First Church of Monson said the storm empty a view he had never seen before across the valley where the town sits.

"I can see the plywood of roofs, and see houses where most of the house is gone," he said. "The road that runs up in frontage of my house ... There's so many trees down, it's completely blocked."

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