Yes, 2 Tornadoes Did Touch Down And Damage Property In Central Mass. Towns, NWS Confirms
The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Thursday afternoon that two small tornadoes are to blame for storm damage in Central Massachusetts that occurred earlier that day.
The EF-1 twisters had maximum winds around 100 miles per hour and touched down in the early morning hours.
One tornado affected the Worcester County towns of Douglas, Uxbridge and Northbridge. It was on the ground for more than 4 miles, knocking down trees, causing power outages and damaging at least a dozen buildings.
The second tornado was on the ground in Upton for about a mile, damaging cars and roofs. In one multifamily dwelling, 10 people were displaced when the wind tore loose the roof of a porch.
"The third floor porch of a large structure was lifted off and blown onto the other side of the building," said Upton Police Chief Michael Bradley. "Across from that location, there were several trees down. There was a vehicle that was damaged."
Despite the property destruction, officials say no one was hurt in the storm. NWS officials trying to decipher whether tornadoes had hit the towns worked quickly to try to beat heavy rain expected in the evening.
Curious about how the National Weather Service determines whether a tornado happened? They tweeted this explainer: