Yesterday afternoon things were looking stormy outside, and I was seeing reports of hail and stuff north of us. When a tornado watch turned into a tornado warning and the lights started flickering, I closed down the work I was doing and figured I’d just pick it back up later when things settled down.
A few minutes later, a friend called, telling us to get in our basement, which we promptly did. Here’s what was going on:
The tornado started in West Springfield, moved across the river, and then hit downtown. The South End got hit hard, and then it continued east. Here’s the route, near as I can figure:
Our house is in the lower right-hand corner of that map, so you can see that it wasn’t far from us. Springfield College got a good share of damage.
Nearby towns of Monson and Brimfield got especially savaged. You can read more details here.
We’re fine, as is everyone we know. Our power never went off, though a friend’s did, and is still out. We got wind and some limbs down (someone lost some roof insulation, it seems) but nothing major, or even terribly minor.
The front continued to kick up little storm cells throughout the evening, but by about 9pm it seemed like the worst was over.
Thankfully, for us there’s no clean-up to do. For many others, that’s not the case. There are reports of four dead.
It’s not the horror of Joplin, MO, but it’s incredibly unusual for the Northeast.