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Cleanup Continues After Tornado Tears Through Concord, Mass.

Crews worked all day to begin clearing damage



    (Published Monday, Aug. 22, 2016)

    The cleanup continues in Concord, Massachusetts, after a brief EF1 tornado touched down overnight.

    In less than a minute, residents said the landscape of their neighborhood was changed dramatically.

    "By the time we looked at our phones, figured out what it was, jumped out of bed, it was all over," said one resident.

    Crews worked all day long to clear the damage the tornado left behind. Meteorologists said the damage was about a half-mile long.

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    "Anybody that doubts the fury and the precision of nature needs to take a walk along the route that was hit by the storm," said Gov. Charlie Baker.

    The Governor and several other state officials walked around to tour the damage late Monday afternoon. He, like many who live in the area, are still shocked but grateful no one was injured.

    "The trees are just gone so you can kind of piece together the trail it took as it went up and decimated everything," said another resident.

    Winds from the storm topped 100 miles per hour, toppling hundreds of trees and bringing down power lines.

    In the path of the storm was the family home of author Louisa May Alcott. Amazingly, the landmark was sparred.

    "Every house it fell away from the house or nudged it just a bit," said the owner of the Alcott home.

    Clearing the hundreds of downed trees and restoring power to the area is expected to take days.

    The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says it is still too soon to know what funding from either the state or federal level will be available to help in the cleanup. In the meantime, MEMA is urging anyone whose home or property was damaged to take photos, document the damage and contact their insurance company.

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