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Massachusetts Tornado Outbreak
June 1, 2011

Summary
 
 
 

THE INFORMATION IN THIS SUMMARY IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

FOUR TORNADOES CONFIRMED ON JUNE 1 2011 IN MASSACHUSETTS


*** EF3 TORNADO CONFIRMED FROM WESTFIELD TO CHARLTON ***
LOCATION: WESTFIELD TO CHARLTON IN HAMPDEN AND WORCESTER COUNTIES DATE: JUNE 1 2011 ESTIMATED TIME: 417 PM TO 527 PM EDT MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING: EF3 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED: 160 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: ONE HALF MILE PATH LENGTH: 39.0 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON: 42.10N / 72.75W ENDING LAT/LON: 42.10N / 71.99W FATALITIES: 3 AS CONFIRMED BY MASSACHUSETTS EMA INJURIES: 72 AS CONFIRMED BY MASSACHUSETTS EMA SUMMARY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS HAS CONFIRMED AN EF3 TORNADO FROM WESTFIELD TO CHARLTON MASSACHUSETTS ON JUNE 1 2011. A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPED OVER WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THIS STORM STRENGTHENED AND PRODUCED A LONG- LIVED...VERY SIGNIFICANT TORNADO...THAT DID EXTENSIVE DAMAGE ACROSS SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH-CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS. THIS STORM WILL BE NOTED NOT ONLY FOR ITS INTENSITY...BUT ALSO FOR THE LENGTH OF THE CONTINUOUS DAMAGE PATH...APPROXIMATELY 39 MILES. THE TORNADO WAS ALSO VERY WIDE AT SOME POINTS...REACHING A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF ONE-HALF MILE. THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN IN THE MUNGER HILL SECTION OF WESTFIELD WITH DAMAGE MAINLY LIMITED TO TREES...MANY UPROOTED AND SNAPPED. THE ROOF OF MUNGER HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS ALSO DAMAGED. THE TORNADO RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED AS IT MOVED INTO WEST SPRINGFIELD. THE TORNADO CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS AND HOMES. SEVERAL BUILDINGS HAD THEIR ROOFS REMOVED BY THE TORNADO...A FEW STRUCTURES COLLAPSED...AND SEVERAL MULTI- STORY BUILDINGS LOST THEIR UPPER STORIES. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AT THE MEMORIAL AVENUE BRIDGE AND INTO THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD. HERE THE TORNADO PRODUCED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA WITH MANY HOMES DESTROYED. IN ADDITION COMMERCIAL BRICK BUILDINGS SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE. ROOFS WERE REMOVED FROM MANY OF THESE LARGE COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES. THE TORNADO ALSO PRODUCED SEVERE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO TOWN HOMES AND APARTMENTS NEAR SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING EAST INTO THE ISLAND POND SECTION OF SPRINGFIELD...WHERE CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE...AND MANY HOMES IN THIS PART THE CITY WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE EAST THROUGH WILBRAHAM NEAR THE WILBRAHAM-HAMPDEN TOWN LINE PRODUCING NEARLY COMPLETE DEFORESTATION AND SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO NEARBY STRUCTURES. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED DIRECTLY THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE TOWN OF MONSON. IN MONSON WIDESPREAD DAMAGE OCCURRED TO COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS...WITH MANY HOMES COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE ROOF OF MONSON HIGH SCHOOL WAS DESTROYED. FORESTED PARTS OF TOWN EXPERIENCED NEARLY COMPLETE DEFORESTATION AND IN SOME LOCATIONS TREE BARK WAS STRIPPED FROM REMAINING TRUNKS. THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS THE BRIMFIELD STATE FOREST WHERE IT REACHED IT MAXIMUM WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY ONE-HALF MILE. ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED BOTH TO STRUCTURES AND FORESTED AREAS FOR MANY MILES BEFORE THE TORNADO REACHED THE SOUTHBRIDGE AIRPORT. HERE NUMEROUS AIRCRAFT WERE LIFTED OFF THE GROUND AND INTO THE WOODS EAST OF THE AIRPORT. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED EAST BEFORE LIFTING IN THE SOUTHWEST PART OF CHARLTON.

*** EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WILBRAHAM ***
LOCATION: WILBRAHAM IN HAMPDEN COUNTY DATE: JUNE 1 2011 ESTIMATED TIME: 632 PM TO 640 PM EDT MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING: EF1 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED: 90 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 200 YARDS PATH LENGTH: 3.6 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON: 42.14N / 72.48W ENDING LAT/LON: 42.15N / 72.40W FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 SUMMARY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS HAS CONFIRMED AN EF1 TORNADO IN WILBRAHAM ON JUNE 1 2011. A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM CONFIRMED THAT AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF WILBRAHAM. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST CROSSING MAIN STREET AND MOUNTAIN ROAD: BUT REMAINED SOUTH OF ROUTE 20. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS TO TREES WITH LARGE LIMBS SNAPPED OFF: AS WELL AS NUMEROUS TREES DOWNED. SEVERAL WERE UPROOTED.
*** EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN NORTH BRIMFIELD ***
LOCATION: NORTH BRIMFIELD IN HAMPDEN COUNTY DATE: JUNE 1 2011 ESTIMATED TIME: 654 PM TO 657 PM EDT MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING: EF1 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED: 90 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 100 YARDS PATH LENGTH: 1.3 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON: 42.14N / 72.23W ENDING LAT/LON: 42.15N / 72.20W FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 SUMMARY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS HAS CONFIRMED AN EF1 TORNADO IN NORTH BRIMFIELD ON JUNE 1 2011. A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM CONFIRMED THAT A SECOND EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NORTH OF BRIMFIELD WEST OF ROUTE 19. THIS TORNADO CROSSED ROUTE 19 AND LIFTED NEAR TOWER HILL ROAD. THE DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED ON THE GROUND AND BY AIRCRAFT. THE DAMAGE CONSISTED OF TREES WITH LARGE LIMBS SNAPPED OFF: AS WELL AS NUMEROUS TREES DOWNED: A FEW OF WHICH WERE UPROOTED. THIS TORNADO IS FROM THE SAME PARENT THUNDERSTORM THAT PRODUCED THE TORNADO IN NORTH WILBRAHAM.
*** EF0 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN STURBRIDGE ***
LOCATION: STURBRIDGE IN WORCESTER COUNTY DATE: JUNE 1 2011 ESTIMATED TIME: 710 PM TO 713 PM EDT MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING: EF0 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED: 65 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: NA PATH LENGTH: NA BEGINNING LAT/LON: NA / NA ENDING LAT/LON: NA / NA FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 SUMMARY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS HAS CONFIRMED AN EF0 TORNADO IN STURBRIDGE ON JUNE 1 2011.
FOR REFERENCE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0: WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1: WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2: WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3: WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4: WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5: WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.


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