Massachusetts Governor Seeks Disaster Declaration After Tornadoes

Two tornadoes, both reaching maximum wind speeds of 110 mph, hit Cape Cod Tuesday, the National Weather Service said in its survey report of the storms. The high-end EF1 tornadoes touched down in three communities.

by Michelle Williams, MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass. / July 25, 2019
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(TNS) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he’ll seek a federal disaster declaration as recovery efforts continue on Cape Cod following severe storms in the region.

Two tornadoes, both reaching maximum wind speeds of 110 mph, touched down on Cape Cod Tuesday, the National Weather Service said in its survey report of the storms.

The high-end EF1 tornadoes touched down in three communities — one in Barnstable and Yarmouth, the other in Harwich.

The tornado that touched down in Barnstable and Yarmouth started just west of Kalmus Beach and tore a 5.5-mile path that was 250 yards wide for 10 minutes. The tornado that hit Harwich was on the ground for five minutes, tearing a 250-yard wide path for 2.8 miles.

There were no reported injuries or deaths. More than 24,000 customers remain without power in the eight impacted communities on Cape Cod.

In addition to the tornadoes, the severe storms brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to a total of eight communities: Dennis, Chatham, Yarmouth, Harwich, Sandwich, Barnstable, Brewster and Mashpee.

Governor Baker met with government officials, emergency personnel, and first responders in Harwich to discuss recovery efforts on Wednesday.

The power remains out for an estimated 3,480 households, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said Thursday shortly before 6 a.m.

Restoration of power across the region has been a multi-day event. Eversource has estimated homes will have power across all communities restored by 6 p.m. Friday. Power was knocked out to tens of thousands of households on Tuesday.

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