SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On June 1, 2011, an EF3 tornado hit the Memorial Bridge, crossed the Connecticut River and crashed into Springfield’s South End. Over 5 years later, on July 1st, dark clouds moved in and a Tornado Watch was issued.
Rico Daniele, the owner of Mom and Rico’s, told 22News the June 1st tornado caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to his business. He said the mere thought of another tornado hitting the South End has him nervous and preparing for what’s next.
“I don’t want to head to the cellar, but I might head to the cellar, because you know, you try to smile a little bit, but it’s spooky what happened before. It’s sad, but we’ll do our best to stay positive,” said Danielle.
Another South End business owner wasn’t worried at all. David Glantz, the owner of Buckeye Brothers Smoke Shop, told 22News, “What’s the chance of lightning striking twice in the same area. Yeah, I’m a little more aware when the warnings come up. I sort of keep my eye on the news, and I keep my eyes on social media, to make sure there’s nothing around the corner.”
FEMA paid more than $35-million to Springfield in relief funding. Also, the 2011 tornado damage paved the way for construction of the MGM Springfield casino in the South End.
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