Rare EF-2 tornado strikes near Boston, causing significant damage
Tornadoes are not too uncommon in Massachusetts, with an average of 2-3 a year striking the Bay State. But what happened on Monday morning was extremely rare, and local residents are perhaps fortunate that no casualties were suffered.
An EF-2 tornado ripped through Revere, MA on Monday morning, causing extensive damage (see photos below) and closing off several major thoroughfares in the area as a result. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down, and the roof at a local skating rink was blown off. Based on damage photos and videos, several cars and homes were significantly damaged by the storm, which had top winds of about 120 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service.
The rarity of today’s tornado is pretty incredible – the National Weather Service in Taunton, MA said today’s tornado was the first to strike Suffolk County, home to both Revere and Boston, since 1950. Coastal tornadoes in New England are extremely rare, since sea breeze winds usually weaken storms as they approach the coast, but a particularly strong cold front coupled with a potent upper-level low trekking through the Great Lakes provided the ingredients necessary for the brief (the tornado last just four minutes and traveled two miles, according to the NWS) spin-up. But unfortunately, the tornado moved through a heavily-populated area, ripping off several roofs and causing serious damage.
The forecast improves for the Boston area over the next few days, though. After another (final) round of storms on Monday night, things should clear out nicely for both Tuesday and Wednesday, with the next chance for storms arriving on Thursday, but these storms shouldn’t be nearly as intense as the ones that caused today’s tornado.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi