Cape Cod Hit by EF1 Tornado, National Weather Service Confirms

Recovery efforts are expected to last several days as state, local and county officials assess the damage and response. Homes and commercial properties across eight communities were impacted by straight-line wind damage.

by Scott J. Croteau, MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass. / July 24, 2019

(TNS) — A tornado that caused damage on Cape Cod Tuesday afternoon was classified as a “high-end EF1” that reached wind speeds of 110 MPH, the National Weather Service said.

The damage began in Yarmouth and ended in Harwich.

“The damage on the Cape was caused by both a tornado and straight-line wind damage,” the National Weather Service said. “The greatest amount of damage appears to have occurred in the town of Harwich.”

The tornado touched down in Yarmouth, then touched down again in Harwich.

The tornado caused extensive tree and power line damage in the area. Most of the town of Harwich, which declared a state of emergency, lost power.

Cape Cod tornado will be ‘multi-day restoration’ effort, 8 communities receive major damage

No one was injured in the Tuesday afternoon tornado

According to the National Weather Service, the maximum wind speed for the tornado was 110 MPH.

Authorities are still working to determine the exact path of the tornado.

Recovery efforts are expected to last several days as state, local and county officials assess the damage and response. Homes and commercial properties across eight Cape Cod communities were impacted, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The impacted communities are: Dennis, Chatham, Yarmouth, Harwich, Sandwich, Barnstable, Brewster and Mashpee.

As of 8:45 p.m. there were still more than 40,000 customers without power.

Roof blown from Cape Cod inn during radar-indicated tornado

The roof of an inn on Cape Cod was partially blown from the rooms during Tuesday’s storm.

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