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- Two separate tornadoes slammed through Lincoln, Rhode Island and Sandwich, Massachusetts on Tuesday.
- The National Weather Service will determine the damage and strength of the powerful Lincoln tornado on Wednesday.
- Trees toppled over, roofs were ripped out and power was lost for approximately 400 National Grid customers.
Cleanup is underway after a pair of tornadoes slammed two New England towns on Tuesday.
National Weather Service officials confirmed Wednesday that Norton, Massachusetts, and Lincoln, Rhode Island, were were hit by tornadoes; meanwhile, Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod was hit with a waterspout/tornado.
The National Weather Service confirmed the Rhode Island tornado touched down at 3:34 p.m. and the Massachusetts phenomenon at approximately 6 p.m. NWS officials are slated to determine the strength, size and duration of the Lincoln tornado on Wednesday.
So far, they say the tornado in Lincoln is consistent with EF-1 damage. The team has yet to see damage from the Sandwich storm.
The same wind that produced the Lincoln tornado created powerful gusts in Norton, Massachusetts. Fallen trees blocked driveways and damage was so severe that NWS officials plan to investigate if a tornado hit the town, as well.
Nearby towns had toppled trees that left debris scattered around streets and numerous reports of downed power lines were received. Roofs could be seen ripped off of homes as well as shattered windows.
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A tornado warning was in effect for about an hour in parts of Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth counties in Massachusetts, as well as part of Providence County in Rhode Island Tuesday afternoon.
"All of a sudden my phone had an alert on it," said Tara Carcieri, who was with her 5-year-old daughter during the tornado. "Said that there was a tornado in our area and it said now, so I jumped off the chair, grabbed her."
Carcieri grabbed her young child and darted downstairs.
"As I was walking down to the basement all I heard was smashing," said Carcieri. "Smashing windows, I didn’t know what was happening. I was so nervous."
Shattered windows left dangerous debris around her home, including the same room Carcieri and her daughter were just in.
Firefighters went door to door assessing the damage and making sure everyone was accounted for.
By nightfall, crews were spread out across the neighborhood, cutting down trees that had brought down power lines and trying to restore power that was knocked out to about 400 National Grid customers.
No injuries associated with Tuesday’s storms were immediately reported