After an investigation on Friday morning, the National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado did indeed touch down in Stoughton, Mass. on Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service report, at about 4:33 p.m. on Thursday, May 9th, an EF0 tornado made its way down Stoughton’s Washington Street. EF0 tornadoes have wind speeds that range from 65 mph to 85 mph.
The National Weather Service expects to make further updates on the storm later on Friday afternoon.
WCVB reports that three-ton trailers in Stoughton were moved five to 10 feet in the air, likely because of the high winds. “The three trailers in the corner were actually four to five feet off the ground and they were smacking each other,” George Coffey of Bay State Ford told WCVB.
Similarly, the Stoughton Patch writes that residents reported uprooted trees and external damage to buildings.
“It was pretty scary here for a few minutes,” a local told WCVB of yesterday’s storm.
Below you’ll find photos of Thursday’s tornado as well as the damage it left in its wake in Stoughton.
In July 2012, the NWS issued a tornado warning for Suffolk County after dark clouds and high winds brought a severe storm into the Boston area.
That storm, however, paled in comparison to the tornadoes that ripped through Western Massachusetts on June 1, 2011. That evening, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for eight counties in Massachusetts. The storm significantly damaged western parts of the Bay State, tearing apart buildings and flipping cars in cities like Springfield, Mass.
Three people died in the wake of that storm. Scores more were rushed to local hospitals due to injuries, and hundreds were displaced from their homes for extended periods of time due to the significant damage caused by the wind, rain and hail.