Mass. Tornadoes Kill 4

Tornado warning issued for some Boston suburbs

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 1, 2011 5:50 PM CDT | Updated Jun 2, 2011 4:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least four people were killed and dozens more injured as tornadoes ripped through Massachusetts yesterday. A tornado in Springfield, the state's third-largest city, tore the roofs off buildings and tossed cars in the air, eyewitnesses tell the Boston Herald. As the state braces for a possible second wave of tornadoes, Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard.

There were numerous reports of damage caused by the Springfield tornado, and at least 33 injuries, some requiring surgery. One woman tells the Herald that a coworker spotted the twister before it zipped past their fourth-floor office. “She yelled ‘everybody move,’ and we all ran into the stairwell. I heard it roar overhead and the glass doors to our office were flying open.” Afterward, the witness reports seeing buildings missing roofs, fallen trees, and cars that had been moved. The tornadoes are the first to hit the state since 2008.

A police officer checks on people in a house after a tornado struck Springfield, Conn., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
A police officer checks on people in a house after a tornado struck Springfield, Conn., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Bricks and debris that fell from a building lay on top of cars after a  tornado in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Bricks and debris that fell from a building lay on top of cars after a tornado in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
The steeple of The First Church of Monson lies in rubble on the ground after a tornado swept through the downtown area of Monson, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
The steeple of The First Church of Monson lies in rubble on the ground after a tornado swept through the downtown area of Monson, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this photo provided by John Garvey, a tornado moves through Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
In this photo provided by John Garvey, a tornado moves through Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/John Garvey)
Storm damage is seen in downtown Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Storm damage is seen in downtown Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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CNN affiliate WSHM grabs some impressive footage of the Springfield tornado.   (CNN)

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