REVERE, Mass. (WWLP) – Many of the residents of Revere are still assessing the extent of the damage that was caused by an EF-2 tornado. Monday morning’s storm system carved a destructive path of about two miles through the coastal city. Trees are toppled over, roofs are ripped off of buildings, debris litters the streets, and people are still trying to figure out just how much this will all cost.
A total of 65 homes and businesses were damaged, and 13 structures are so badly damaged that people aren’t being allowed back inside. Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo said the main priority right now is cleaning up and getting power restored to everyone. Rizzo’s own workplace, Revere City Hall, was among the structures damaged in the twister.
The tornado touched down at 9:32 a.m. near the Chelsea-Revere line, and was on the ground about four minutes. As an EF-2 tornado, it had winds of 111 to 135 miles per hour. For the purposes of comparison, the tornado that hit western Massachusetts on June 1, 2011 was an EF-3 tornado, with winds between 136 and 165 miles per hour. The Boston Globe reports that Monday’s event marks the first tornado to hit Suffolk County on record.
“I couldn’t open the door. The wind was so strong, the door wouldn’t open in so I could get out of the bedroom. And I managed to open it. Just as I opened it, the wind slammed the door shut behind me, and I heard a big crash, and a tree in front of my house just fell on my house,” Jim DePaulo of Revere said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life, never. I’ve seen motorcycles flying, trees coming out of the ground, it was unbelievable. I was devastated,” Gina Capodilupo said.
State police were present overnight in Revere to protect against any looting. To help the victims, the city has opened a temporary shelter at a middle school.