Massachusetts’ “Tornado Watch” turns into a reality

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 marks the day of unspeakable devastation to Western Massachusetts and parts of the Central regions as well. Property damage and widespread power outages were the results of the tornado activity and severe winds. About two dozen communities were affected, leaving many residents homeless; four casualties have since been reported.

A mounted video camera captured the dramatic path of the debris-filled funnel as it crossed the Connecticut River (video)

Although tornadoes are not as common in the Northeast region as other North American regions, the odds of one occurring should never be overlooked. The following are some danger signs to look for to prepare you and your family in case of a tornado watch or warning:

Danger Signs

Large hail
“Calm before the storm”-the wind may die down and the air may become very still
Cloud of debris
Funnel cloud
Roaring noise
“Calm behind the storm”-often occurring near the edge of a thunderstorm, it is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado
To learn more about these danger signs, as well as what to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER a tornado, read the full document by visiting