Thursday, June 2, 2011

Devestation in Massachusetts

A tornado beginning to form.

I have lived in Massachusetts my entire life and never have I seen such devastation from a storm.  Our entire state was under a tornado watch for most of the afternoon and early evening.  It was stressful and scary.  We thought we would have to go into our basement.

There were a record 7 tornadoes that struck the state.   Tornadoes in Massachusetts are rare, and sadly the area that was devastated was the western part of the state.  My section of the state was spared. Each time a storm was predicted to pass over us it veered off in another direction only giving us some minor rain, thunder and lightening.  My husbands cousin, an older woman, said she has never sat through such a horrible storm in her entire life!

Sadly there was loss of life and injury.  We keep those families in our thoughts and prayers.  Our Governor acted swiftly and declared a State of Emergency and was able to deploy 1,000 National Guard to assist those in need.

There were hours of this type of lightening and thunder. 

Notice the snapped trees.
I am keeping all of my fellow Western Massachusetts blog friends in my thoughts and prayers.


  1. Hello Mary:
    We are appalled at what you write and show here, and thankful that you are safe.

    Like you, our hearts go out to all of those who are suffering as a result of these terrible storms. We do so hope that the worst is over.

  2. OMG that is so dreadful! I hope you keep safe. Xx

  3. Glad to read you and your loved ones are safe, and sorry to hear about those who were less lucky.

  4. We watch from the safety of the UK, shocked at the power of nature, and thankful that we never have to endure such terrible scenes. Sending love from the other side of the pond!

  5. Video came on the Weather Channel as I was reading this and I was surprised. I did't think New England ever got tornadoes, but I thought the same thing about here until recently. Unfortunatly I think we'd better get used to this if the earth stays warmer.

  6. We were shocked when we saw the news coverage of what happened. I am praying.

    I believe we are very close to The Second Coming.

    Hugs, be safe. You are in my prayers.

  7. We had firece scary winds yesterday and I can just imagine what it must have been for you. We have family in Mass; will be calling them soon to make sure they are ok.

  8. Definitely crazy weather this year...very thoughts and prayers are with all those who are experiencing such devestation...

  9. I'm glad to read that you're ok. My thoughts & prayers are with all who have been affected.


  10. My husband spend the morning in Springfield (where we used to live) and was amazed at how horrible this storm was. We live in Greenfield so were on tornado watch all night practically with our first aid kits ready to head into the basement. I hope the city is able to recover sooner than later but with its current financial situation, I am afraid it will be a long time before things are back to normal.

  11. Terrible news. Sad for those who have lost loved ones and homes. Crazy weather, when will it stop?

  12. OMG. I did not think New England ever got Tornadoes. Im looking at it one my TV right now..
    Be safe sweet lady. you are in my prayers ~~~

  13. It's been a CRAZY spring tornado season....Simply CRAZY and my heart goes out to anyone who has sustained losses in the way of life or property.

    As of June 1st, it's now also officially Hurricane season and I hate to think what heartbreak it may bring to some. Just sad.


  14. I've been sick about this, the devasation and displacement.
    So glad you are ok, will continue to watch and hope for the ones who have been stricken.

  15. I know how nerve wrecking it was. My son Will was at work and I was terrified he was going to encounter one of the tornadoes on his way home. I believe I was talking to you and waiting for him to txt or call me back. I feel awful about this, Complete devastation in some areas.

  16. My younger brother and his family live in southeastern Massachusetts and he said the waether was horrible yesterday, but thankfully they did not get a tornado! I was so worried after seeing the terrible videos this morning. Glad you are OK and I'm also praying fpor those effected by the terrible storms!

  17. How frightening Mary. So glad that you are all safe.
    Gill xx

  18. Oh my gosh, I didn't know how awful it was there! We have friends from here that just flew to Boston with their family on Wednesday. Hope they were out of harm's way and glad you were too!

  19. This year weather has been terrible for several states. A tornado went thru about 1/2 mile from us and took a few sheds of the neighbors down and some house damage but hit another town and completely destroyed homes.

  20. Wow -- I didn't even know about the tornados in Mass! My uncle lives in Western Mass (and the Cape) and I haven't talked to him in a couple of weeks. Glad you are safe!

    I live in NW Iowa and tornados have made quite a few runs through here already this year...

    Love your blog and am also your newest follower!


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