Governor: At least 4 dead after Massachusetts tornadoes
Police and amateur radio operators say tornadoes were spotted in within a half-mile of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
June 1st, 2011
06:53 PM ET

Governor: At least 4 dead after Massachusetts tornadoes

[9:32 p.m. ET] At least four people have been killed in the tornadoes that struck western Massachusetts on Wednesday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said.


[8:25 p.m. ET] Severe storms - including tornadoes - have left behind "many injuries" and extensive damage in western and central Massachusetts on Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick said.

Patrick also said he's received a report one person has died as as result of the storms. He said he has declared a state of emergency for Massachusetts and called up 1,000 National Guard members, who will be asked to help with cleanup and search-and-rescue operations.

"It's been particularly devastating in downtown Springfield," he said.

Patrick said he was asking school superintendents in affected communities to cancel Thursday classes so that rescue and recovery personnel could concentrate on cleanup.

The National Weather Service has said it received three reports of tornadoes in Massachusetts on Wednesday: at least one near Springfield; one near Palmer; and one near Sturbridge and Oxford.

Sandra Ahearn, a spokeswoman for the Western Massachusetts Electric Co., said 12,000 customers were without power in the utility's service area and that hard-hit areas might not have electricity until the end of the week.

[7:50 p.m. ET]  Trained weather spotters reported a tornado near Sturbridge, Massachusetts, at 7:25 p.m. ET, bringing to at least three the number of tornadoes that have been reported in the state Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

By 7:35 p.m., the suspected tornado was located near Oxford, Massachusetts, moving east at 30 mph.

[6:53 p.m. ET] Local law enforcement reported a tornado caused widespread damage near Palmer, Massachusetts, about 14 miles northeast of Springfield. The tornado was moving east at 35 mph, the National Weather Service said.

[4:51 p.m. ET] Witnesses reported a tornado near downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday as heavy thunderstorms swept through western Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

Police and amateur radio operators said tornadoes were spotted in a Springfield neighborhood and within a half-mile of downtown, according to a warning put out by the Weather Service. No confirmation of damage or injuries was immediately known, however.

Springfield is about 90 miles west of Boston.

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  1. wow

    Yeah ur a joke and I really don't care what u think. Who are u? Just some random dude. So peace out random dude

    June 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • satanluv

      pray to your god to take you to heaven can fly around with wings and sing and play a harp....have you ever really consideredd what you think is going to happen to you after you die...measure that against what you know of the reality of'll find a not so funny joke has been played on you...or you can continue to think as a child ...good luck with that

      June 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wow

    Its just truly pathetic to have to debate with anyone because they disagree with peoples beliefs because its different than yours. If you really believe your right then stop trying to convince us u are and just wait to say I told u so.

    June 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • satanluv

      just trying to wake up another deluded person...its like having a 15 yr old child who belives in Santa (an anagram for satan no less)...hey man gotta go get ac's outta basement...go with god brother...or whatever

      June 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wow

    Um what?

    June 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wow

    Well I may just die but I'd rather die believing in something rather than nothing

    June 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wow

    You'll need that ac where your going

    June 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • satanluv

      hey man you can get used to anything...people live in Ft Lauderdale in August...I mean how hot can it be???

      June 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. satanluv

    we'll end up in same place dude...cold hard ground...b ut i can see you're getting upset and that does make me feel bad...just think about it...peace

    June 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wow

    Keep telling urself that and click your heels 3 times

    June 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jim

    @satanluv, I'm an athiest and I can tell you your logic is severely flawed. The same scientists who are predicting global warming now are the same ones who predicted global cooling in the 70's-both can't be right. Also, the earth naturally goes through cycles for a myriad of reasons and none of it has to due with fossil fuels-one volcanic eruption puts out more carbon dioxide than all the gas ever used in our history. Now for some of the real reasons for clinate change. 1. The earth's orbit is elliptical, meaning sometimes it's closer to the sun than other times. 2. The earth sits at a tilt on it's axis as it spins the poles very gradually shift positions, eventually they will shift altogether cause places that were cool to be hot and vise versa. 3. Solar flares are sometimes more frequent. When they are the earth is warmer.

    June 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wow

    Send me a postcard and let me know. Later

    June 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wow

    Blah blah blah

    June 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. satanluv

    you're the one clicking your heals and wishing...I got a pretty good idea what's gonna happen...the big up and face it

    June 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wow

    Oh no big dark man. Sounds scary

    June 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wow

    So u worship shaquille o'neal? Lol later bro I'm bored

    June 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jim

    @barb hence the reason for the post script, apparently you didn't read that part though.

    June 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jim

    @barb, BTW, I was only showing him/her how silly his/her statement was. In the first place I never heard anyone in joplin begging for federal assistance as he/she was trying to imply. Secondly most of the people I heard complaining about Obama's trip were from out of state. Curious though as to why you didn't feel the need to point that out to him/her.

    June 1, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
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