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Destructive tornadoes sweep through Massachusetts, kill 4

June 2, 2011 Comments off

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A child runs for cover as bad weather returns to Springfield, Mass., after a tornado touched down Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and called up 1,000 National Guard troops.

 A child runs for cover as bad weather returns to Springfield, Mass., after a tornado touched down Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and called up 1,000 National Guard troops. / DON TREEGER/(Springfield, Mass.) Republican via As

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Tornadoes roared through Massachusetts on Wednesday as violent winds caused damage in about two dozen communities, ripping off roofs, uprooting trees, scattering debris and leaving at least four dead throughout the state.

The governor said the death toll was preliminary.

The storm pulverized or sheared off the tops of roofs on Main Street in Springfield, a city of more than 150,000 about 90 miles west of Boston. A mounted video camera captured dramatic footage of a debris-filled funnel as it swept into downtown from the west, then crossed the Connecticut River.

Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and Read more…