Three years since powerful tornado hits WMass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday marks three years since a powerful EF-3 tornado touched down in western Massachusetts, carving a 40 mile path of destruction from Westfield to Charlton.

Three people were killed and dozens of homes were completely destroyed.

In West Springfield, the damage from the powerful twister is still visible, but at least one resident told 22News the tragedy also brought his neighborhood together.

Everyone helped out each other.  So it brought all the neighborhood closer. Everyone got to know each other better on the streets so it was kinda also a good thing. People who wouldn’t talk to each other normal came to help each other out,” Andrey Yuzefovich of West Springfield.

Several communities are also holding events on Sunday to mark the anniversary.

In Springfield, Mayor Dominic Sarno is asking residents to pause for a moment of silence at 4:38pm, the time the tornado touched down in the city.

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