Summer Threats: Tornadoes

(WPRI) — Although people do not normally associate New England with tornadoes, in recent years it has become more of a threat.

Every year the U.S. experiences roughly 1,300 tornadoes and no state is immune to them.

The worst New England tornado was in 1953, when an EF-4 twister moved though Worcester killing 90 people in 84 minutes.

In 1986, an EF-2 tornado with winds reaching 114 mph ripped off the top of a Fulford manufacturing building on Stewart Street in Providence and damaged a home on Hillwood Street in Cranston.

While more recently, the Springfield tornado killed three people while tearing through the downtown area.

And just last week, an EF-0 tornado touched down in Wrentham knocking down some trees. But it was only on the ground for less than 10 minutes.

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