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Tornado near Boston rips off roofs and downs trees


REVERE, Mass. (AP) -- A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.

Officials in Revere, a coastal city of about 53,000, said there no immediate reports of serious injuries, but several people suffered minor injuries, including a baby who was in a car and hurt by flying glass and an elderly woman who suffered cuts.

Tornado Rips Through Boston Suburb In Rare Weather Event

"Given the magnitude of the storm, it's really a miracle that no one sustained more serious injuries," said Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo.

Communities across the U.S. were cleaning up Monday after strong storms destroyed homes, knocked out power for thousands of people and toppled power lines and trees.

The tornado was spawned by a powerful storm that moved through the Boston area shortly after 9 a.m. Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano said his department received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines.

Paul and Patty Carrabes said they were both at work when the wind tore the roof off their home.

"I probably would have died if I was in there," said Patty Carrabes said.

Bob Cronin, the city's sealer of weights and measures, said he was in City Hall when the tornado hit.

Cronin said City Hall was damaged, as were a number of businesses. One auto body shop had its roof ripped clean off, Cronin said.

"This isn't something you expect to happen when you wake up in the morning," he said.

The National Weather Service's office in Massachusetts said it was the first tornado in Suffolk County, which includes the city of Boston and the northern communities of Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop, since the agency began keeping records on them in 1950.

Rizzo said City Hall was evacuated due to damage and will likely be closed for a couple of days. He said he expected the city to open a shelter for any residents who are unable to stay in their homes.

In eastern Tennessee, officials said there were no reports of any deaths or injuries from Sunday's storms, though at least 10 homes were destroyed. Claiborne County emergency management spokeswoman Gina Breeding told The Associated Press it wasn't clear whether the destruction was the result of a tornado, but noted there were strong winds, lightning and heavy thunderstorms.

In Kentucky, National Weather Service forecaster Tony Edwards said some areas got softball-sized hail Sunday.

Massive hail also was reported in Michigan, where winds toppled trees and ripped the roofs off buildings. And in Ohio, some roads had been blocked by flash flooding. In Pennsylvania, nighttime storms knocked out power to thousands.

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tomkota July 28 2014 at 3:27 PM

wow i seen tornados when i worked in kansas but never would of gussed it would happen on a newengland of all places????? good luck guys glad no one got hurt bad...god bless

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John Roberson July 28 2014 at 5:03 PM

For nation shall rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Let not your heart be troubled, for it is going to get much, much worse!!!!!!!!!!!

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tjbcar John Roberson July 28 2014 at 6:59 PM

im not faving what you say but do agree in the beginning of sorrows. ive seen the changes in my lifetime

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R July 28 2014 at 3:48 PM

Weather patterns in the entire country have changed. When these downpour rainstorms occur, there are always tornado warnings in the Northeast.

Something is happening, but what?

Weather is cyclical but tornados in the Northeast were once a rarity. Now, not so much.

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bailey.willie July 28 2014 at 6:13 PM


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m4christ2 July 28 2014 at 9:08 PM

never do i remember such devastation thrown at us before. all around the world. as the calamities become bigger and closer together, the earth is travailing for the coming of Christ. look up, He's even now at the door!

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thorrsman m4christ2 July 29 2014 at 6:22 AM

Umm, no.

Just the weather doing what weather ALWAYS does.

Not the "Second Coming" and not AGW. Just ever-changing weather.

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belldn3 July 29 2014 at 8:43 AM

Never knew they had tornados in that part of the country.

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thorrsman July 29 2014 at 6:24 AM

Rare does not mean "unheard of".

It has happened before, it will happen again.

Climates changes, weather patterns change.

This may happen again next week or not until my youngest grandchild--if I ever have any--is 88.

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Lettybits July 29 2014 at 12:58 AM

Probably some angry Yankee fans!

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Welcome King July 29 2014 at 12:14 AM

Had a massive storm here with baseball sized hail.

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tony July 28 2014 at 8:56 PM

This was one block from my Son's apartment. He, his wife and daughter are fine. I hope everyone else effected is also. He has not heard of any major injuries as of yet.

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