Massachusetts And Tornadoes

Massachusetts has become the latest state to suffer tornado fatalities and damage.

Boston.com reports that at least four people were killed and numerous others injured when violent storms, including at least two tornadoes, swept across the state yesterday.

A state of emergency has been declared by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and members of the National Guard activated to assist in debris removal and any search and rescue efforts.

The city of Springfield and town of Monson, appeared to be two of the hardest hit communities, according to Boston.com.

The New York Times reminds us that while tornadoes are relatively rare in New England, one that hit Worcester in 1953, known as the Worcester Twister, killed 94 people and injured more than 1,000.

This underscores the point that you don’t have to live in tornado alley to be vulnerable.

The 1953 Worcester tornado ranks as the 21st deadliest tornado in U.S. history, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on tornadoes for further information on the number of tornadoes and related deaths by state.

Tornadoes caused $97.8 billion in insured losses in the U.S. between 1990 and 2009, making these weather events second only to hurricanes ($152.4 billion) over this same time period as the costliest natural disasters.

Check out this raw video footage of the Springfield tornado via YouTube and courtesy of Associated Press:

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