On Thursday, The National Weather Service office in Boston investigated possible tornado damage in Worcester County, Massachusetts following strong and heavy thunderstorms Wednesday night.

Survey teams concluded that two EF-1 tornadoes touched down overnight. The first twister tracked from Douglas through Uxbridge and into Northbridge — a total length of 4.4 miles — while reaching a maximum width of 200 yards. Locals reported destroyed houses due to fallen trees as well as damaged cars. The storms also resulted in numerous power outages.

The second tornado was on the ground for one mile, striking the town of Upton,  located about 30 miles southwest of Boston. This tornado was smaller and shorter-lived, reaching a width of up to 100 yards. Upton Police report that, “power has been restored to all of Upton except to any buildings or homes that have damage to service connections from the street to the house.”

Winds from both tornadoes peaked around 100 miles per hour.

Since the year 1954, 61 twisters have been reported in Massachusetts. The longest-lived was an EF-1 on the ground for just over 25 miles, tracking from Middlesex to Essex County.


Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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