In what can only be described as a scene of shock and awe, at least two tornadoes touched down in Western Massachusetts on Wednesday, according to several reports. Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency after the first twister struck Springfield around 5 p.m. There were reports of damage in at least 19 counties and four confirmed deaths, said officials.
This unexpected weather may have some people realizing that putting off purchasing life insurance is not a good idea, no matter who they are.The state averages two tornadoes a year, but is typically more prepared to deal with blizzards and Nor'easters.
"There’s just total destruction," Michael Day, a plumbing inspector, told the New York Times.
Governor Deval Patrick quickly deployed 1,000 Massachusetts National Guard troops to the area, in an effort to limit the number of casualties and assist with rescue efforts, said reports. They were also helping remove debris from streets and homes.
There have been reports out of the town of Monson that it looks like a bomb went off in certain areas. Multiple homes were completely destroyed and at least two church steeples were blown off, the Boston Globe reports.