CONCORD, Mass. (WWLP) – A tornado with wind speeds of up to 100 miles per hour knocked down trees and damaged homes in the Middlesex County town of Concord during the early morning hours Monday.
Doppler-indicated rotation within a severe storm at 3:01 a.m. Monday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Tornado Warning for parts of Middlesex County in northeastern Massachusetts. The tornado warning was finally ‘expired’ at 3:52 a.m.
Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton surveyed the area after daylight, and determined that an EF-1 tornado struck Concord. Dunham said the twister was about half a mile long, and 400 yards wide at its strongest point.
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Damage was been reported in Concord, as well as the town of Marlborough, located to the southwest. Concord Fire Chief Mark Cotoreau said that a total of 39 homes in town were damaged, but only one received significant structural damage. He said, “Trees fell in a rotation just like they would in a tornado, and actually, for the most part, laid on the houses, rather than dropped on them.”
22News spoke with residents in Concord who woke up to big tree trunks covering their lawns; they were speechless for the most part and just lucky to be alive. Mark Vella said, “I suddenly saw this flash of lightning, huge thunder, which I thought was thunder clap; and then breaking windows, falling trees, it sounded incredible.”
One man who was just visiting Concord from Pennsylvania, Frank, told 22News his car was smashed by a huge tree. He got up Monday morning to see what happened, and was shocked by what he saw. “It was a zoo, it was incredible, Armageddon. Obviously we were able to see a lot more this morning and it doesn’t look any better than it did earlier.”
There were significant power outages in the area, and the priority was to restore electricity, clear the downed trees, and re-open the roadways. Luckily no one was injured, but fire officials said it’s going to take a couple days to get back to normal.
The last tornado warning issued in Massachusetts was August 4, 2015 for a storm in southeastern Franklin County and into Worcester County. Prior to Monday, the last tornado confirmed to have actually touched down in Massachusetts was on June 23, 2015 when an EF-0 hit Worcester County and a separate EF-0 hit Norfolk County.