Small tornado touches down in Worcester

By: Melissa Randall

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a small tornado touched down in Worcester, Mass. overnight Sunday. The fierce storm hit the area shortly after 8 PM and lasted for about 4 minutes. The twister left a path of destruction about 2 miles long.

According to the NWS the tornado was a category EF-0 and the estimated maximum wind peed was 85 miles per hour. The impacted area included the Grafton Hill and Vernon Hill neighborhoods— just to the East of I-290 and North of Rt. 146.

Overall the damage was mostly to trees, many of which were uprooted and snapped. Some of those trees also landed on cars and homes. According to city officials, about 150 homes were left without power.

Residents are asked to stay away from downed power lines and areas of flooding where power lines may not be visible.

Crews are expected back out at the scene Monday morning to assess the damage.

No injuries were reported.

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