A tornado touched down in Worcester this weekend, causing widespread damage and bringing down power lines during its brief time on the ground.
The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that it was indeed a tornado that struck in Worcester on Sunday night.
In a statement released by the NWS office in Taunton, the Worcester tornado was classified as an EF0, the lowest rating on the tornado scale.
The statement read
OVERALL…THE DAMAGE WAS MOSTLY TO TREES…SOME OF WHICH WEREUPROOTED OR SNAPPED. THE SNAPPING OCCURRED 40-50 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND IN SOME LOCATIONS AND CLOSER TO THE BASES AT OTHER LOCATIONS. SOME TREES LANDED ON CARS CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE CARS. A COUPLE OF TREES ALSO LANDED ON HOMES. HOWEVER THERE WAS LITTLE IF ANY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOMES IN AN AREA THAT IS RELATIVELY DENSELY POPULATED WITH HOMES. A FEW WINDOWS WERE BROKEN…BUT BY BRANCHES HITTING THEM AND NOT BY BEING BLOW OUT.
The Worcester tornado was on the ground only for about four minutes, first striking at 8:10 pm. But that was long enough to do some damage in the city.
“Some of (the trees) snapped at 40-to-50 feet above the ground, so that probably caused some of the larger branches to fly through the air,” Eleanor Talbot of the National Weather Service told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
Witnesses said the tornado created some frightening moments.
“The house was shaking and the windows were falling in. It was quite scary, then it went away,” a woman named Jennifer told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 in the city’s Vernon Hill neighborhood. “(We) can’t get out the front door because there’s a big tree in front of it.”
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The tornado in Worcester ended up cutting a path 1.7 miles long but only a tenth of a mile wide.