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02augAll DayTolland (Berkshire/Hampden County, MA)

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Start Time:  6:58 pm EDT

End Time:  7:20 pm EDT

Rating:  EF0

Estimated Peak Winds:  80 mph

Path length:  7.8 miles

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  0

County:  Berkshire, Hampden

State:  Massachusetts

Start Lat/Lon:  42.0911 / -73.0769

End Lat/Lon:  42.1648 / -72.9471


A National Weather Service survey team concluded that a weak, narrow, but relatively long tornado occurred during the evening on Sunday, August 2 in western Massachusetts. It began in the southeast part of Sandisfield, moved northeast across northwest Tolland, and lifted in the southern portion of Blandford. Damage was mainly to trees but some minor home damage occurred in Sandisfield. The EF-scale rating was EF-0, with estimated maximum wind speeds of 80 mph. The tornado was on the ground in a mainly continuous path for 7.8 miles with a maximum width of 100 yards. The tornado began in Sandisfield, just west of South Main Street. Some tree damage was observed on Carpenter Lane and on South Main street at and just north of the Mile 4 marker. A home there had its upper window blown in, shingles ripped off, and the portico was lifted upward, enabling the supporting post to be shifted outward. Some corn stalks were flattened and a neighbor’s fence was blown down. In Tolland, trees were observed blown down in various directions from East Otis Road to the west shore of Twining Pond, where drone footage provided by an amateur radio operator showed a couple of dozen trees blown down in a narrow swath. Continuing to the northeast, many trees were downed on Belden Road and on a narrow portion of Schoolhouse Road just north of Belden Road. The damage became sporadic as it ended with some wires downed in Blandford, just west of the north end of the Cobble Mountain Reservoir. One tree was observed down near the Blandford Highway Department on Otis Stage Road (Route 23). The National Weather Service would like to thank amateur radio operators for their tremendous help in identifying damage locations in such a sparsely populated region and for providing drone footage from Tolland, MA. Also, thanks to police and fire chiefs in the towns in question and to the people with the people who took the time to speak with us in Sandisfield.


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