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An Unwelcome Early Morning Visitor, a Tornado Drops in on Upton

Adding to the unpredictable weather that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is seeing this summer, a tornado touched down in the town of Upton in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 26.

Two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Massachusetts – one hitting Upton – according to the National Weather Service, which confirmed the storms were tornadoes in the days following. An EF-1 tornado has an estimated wind speed of 86 to 110 miles per hour.

The first tornado touched down around 2:32 a.m. Thursday. It traveled 4.4 miles from Douglas to Uxbridge to Northbridge, traveling through the towns with a maximum wind speed of 100 miles per hour.

The second tornado touched down on Hartford Avenue in Upton at about 2:41 a.m. according to the National Weather Service, which also had maximum estimated wind speeds of 100 miles per hour. It lasted only a mile, crossing Route 140 and passing through Warren Woods and into the Upton State Forest. It had a maximum width of 100 yards.

The damage from the storm was isolated to the areas of Main Street near Centennial Court, Warren St. and Ephraim's Way according to the Upton Police Department.

There were no injuries reported in Upton, however 10 residents were displaced after a section of roof became detached from their home at 142 Main St. Trees or limbs also fell on a couple of vehicles, onto sheds or porches and into a swimming pool.

The tornadoes caused numerous downed trees and power lines, especially across Main St., which was closed to traffic following the storm until about 7 a.m. on July 26.

Close to 600 residents lost power, but most were restored by the next day according to National Grid.

Chain saws were buzzing for a couple of days, as residents were busy cleaning up their yards and the Upton DPW employees cleared downed trees from roadways, sidewalks and public areas following the storm.

According to town officials, the last time a tornado came through Upton was in the 1950s.




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