A confirmed EF-1 tornado ripped through the towns of Webster and Dudley in Massachusetts early Saturday morning while an EF-0 was reported in Woodstock, Connecticut.
The most significant damage appears to be along Main Street in Webster near the town of Dudley, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said. The twister downed trees and ripped roofs from homes and businesses, leaving 30 to 50 people displaced.
Three buildings were damaged in Webster, two commercial and one mixed use, MEMA said in a statement, adding that additional four to five have been declared uninhabitable.
Webster Fire Chief said it was necessary to tear down three buildings.
Michael Shaw, Webster Deputy Police Chief, said one woman sustained minor injuries after a piece of roof from a building hit her car. She was driving down Main Street when the tornado came through.
"We've got several buildings that were affected, a couple of them were vacant. We do have some buildings that are contained apartments that unfortunately had to have residents evacuated," Shaw said.
"Our building inspector is checking to make sure that those are OK in case they are able to go back into them. If not, we have opened an emergency shelter. But we've got a lot of debris down, telephone poles snapping. From what I'm being told, the majority of the town is without power, so we're taking precautions. We have National Grid on the scene, both gas and electric, making sure that we can try to resolve that situation as soon as possible."
Clean-up continues in Webster after EF-1 tornado hits town https://t.co/eKedDmejtm— Boston 25 News (@boston25) 5 augustus 2018
Believe it or not, these pictures were taken in #Webster MA at 10 a.m. on Saturday as severe weather rolled into the area. Structural damage has been reported across the town. #MaWx pic.twitter.com/bj5zx3ar0D— Boston 25 News (@boston25) 4 augustus 2018
The aftermath a day after an EF-1 tornado came through Webster. Two buildings have been knocked down, the two on the bottom could be next. To be decided by building inspector. #WCVB pic.twitter.com/9vTDtJx8pj— Josh Brogadir (@JoshBrogadirTV) 5 augustus 2018