Massachusetts tornado damages homes

Concord damage
A tornado packing 100-mph winds ripped through Concord, Massachusetts early Monday, damaging homes and ripping down trees and power lines.

(NECN) A small tornado with winds up to 100 mph ripped through Concord, Massachusetts in the early morning hours on Monday, the National Weather Service has confirmed, damaging dozens of homes, toppling trees and knocking down power lines.

Many side streets in town remained closed as of noon. Trees and power lines have been reported down across town. The fire department is asking people to avoid the area if possible as they work to reopen affected roadways.

The fire chief said that 39 homes in two neighborhoods were damaged, but only one sustained serious structural damage. The worst of the damage was concentrated in an area about 400 yards wide and a half mile long.

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