Thursday, June 2, 2011

At least four killed as a result of tornadoes in the state of Massachusetts

The two tornadoes that struck on Wednesday western Massachusetts have killed at least four people, according to reports on Wednesday and state authorities in the U.S. east coast. Scott MacLeod, a spokesman for the Emergency Management Agency in the state, confirmed the four deaths in statements to the media but did not reveal the identity of the dead and offered specific details about what happened.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and requested the help of 1,000 National Guard members to mitigate the damage. The first tornado passed through Springfield, the third largest city in the state, about 16.30 local (20.30 GMT). Massachusetts State Police said a second tornado hit Springfield on 18.30 local (00.30 GMT).

Meteorological authorities have indicated that during the next few hours could blow winds of 100 kilometers per hour in different parts of the state, and heavy hail storms occur.

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