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National Weather Service Confirms EF3 Tornado in Wednesday Outbreak

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    The National Weather Service just released their Preliminary Storm Survey of the Wednesday Tornado Outbreak, confirming an EF3 from Westfield to Charlton, and two EF1 tornadoes in Wilbraham & North Brimfield, totaling 3 touchdowns. The EF3 had a path length of 39 miles, the 2nd longest in state history. Information is subject to change. This video report outlines what damage the NWS was reviewing, and the NWS text report follows.

     

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
    1002 PM EDT FRI JUN 3 2011

    ...THREE 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...4
    * INJURIES...200

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

    ...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

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

    ...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

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

    ...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.

    THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
    WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

    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.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE VARIOUS STATE
    AND LOCAL AGENCIES AND THE CIVIL AIR PATROL FOR ALL OF THEIR
    ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING THESE STORM SURVEYS.

    THOMPSON/MANNING/DELLICARPINI/DUNHAM/DOODY/VALLIER-TALBOT/MCCORMICK