DALTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A short-lived tornado touched down in Berkshire County late Sunday afternoon, narrowly missing one house. The National Weather Service sent meteorologists to Dalton to survey damage from Sunday’s storms.
NWS Meteorologist Steve DiRienzo told 22News that the tornado’s path was about a quarter mile in length. It started at 4:55 P.M. near South Street in Dalton and moved southeast. It went right in front of one home and went across a driveway before ending behind some homes along Lindsay Drive.
DiRienzo said that the twister’s clear cut path showed that it was more than just a weak EF-0 tornado. The winds of the Dalton tornado are estimated to have reached about 90 miles per hour.
Almost no property damage was recorded from the tornado, but DiRienzo said that it is possible that one tree fell on a shed due to the tornado. There was much more significant damage in Dalton due to a microburst that happened right around the same time. That caused trees to fall on houses, and its damage was spread out over a distance of about half a mile.