This footage is from a stationary camera used by the CBS affiliate in Springfield. The tornado was one of two blamed for four deaths and an estimated 200 injuries in the Springfield metropolitan area.
There were eight reports of tornadoes in Massachusetts yesterday, though the reports all mention either Sturbridge, Westfield or Springfield – meaning they could be multiple reports of the same tornadoes.
Some people have wanted to cling to the illusion that tornadoes won’t cross rivers. Not only does this tornado cross a large river, it seems to dawdle playfully in the water.
According to the Associated Press, at least 19 communities were affected, from Westfield to Sturbridge. Preliminary reports show the hardest hit communities were Springfield and Monson, a town 30 miles east.