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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 4:32 PM EDT on July 28, 2014


... Tornado confirmed in Suffolk County MA...

Location... Chelsea and Revere in Suffolk County MA
date... July 28 2014
estimated time... 9:32 - 9:36 am EDT
maximum ef-scale rating... EF2
estimated maximum wind speed... 120 mph
maximum path width... 3/8 of a mile
path length... 2.0 miles
beginning lat/Lon... 42.3980 / -71.0219
ending lat/Lon... 42.4225 / -71.0037
* fatalities... 0
* injuries... 0

* the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS storm data.

... Summary...

The National Weather Service in Taunton MA has confirmed that a
tornado touched down on the morning of July 28 2014 in Chelsea
and Revere in Suffolk County Massachusetts. It had a path length
of 2 miles and path width of 3/8 of a mile. Most damage had a
rating of EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale but EF-2 damage was
observed in the vicinity of Revere Beach Parkway. Thus this event
is classified as an EF-2 tornado. Maximum wind gusts were
estimated at between 100 and 120 mph. Thankfully and miraculously
there were no fatalities or injuries reported as a result of this
tornado.

Although the tornado began in Chelsea... where a window was
reported to have been blown out on Dudley street... the
overwhelming majority of damage occurred in the town of Revere.

The tornado moved across the Chelsea River... directly across the
Paul Cronin Memorial skating rink... and portions of its roof were
blown northeastward across Route 16. Numerous houses on Revere
Beach Parkway were severely impacted... with one roof completely
blown off. In that vicinity... large Oak trees were snapped mid-way
up. Just to the east of the onramp from Route 107 to Route
16... trees were downed from west to east. Trees just to the west of
Wilson street were downed from east to west. This gave a clear
delineation of the track of the tornado... which is low pressure and
has trees blowing in toward the track. Some trees and tree limbs
were lifted up and deposited on top of houses immediately behind
Revere Beach Parkway.

The damage was widespread throughout much of the center of Revere.
The tornado traveled northward... basically following
Route 107/Broadway. At the Town Hall... windows were blown out and
there was roof damage. A large Birch Tree was uprooted there.
More than a hundred homes had damage that ranged from siding torn
off to portions of roofs lifted or blown off. There were several
store signs that were destroyed. Debris from homes could be seen
collecting on fences. Trees fell on several cars with a few being
crushed.

The police reported that a car had been overturned... to the west
of Broadway at the intersection of Malden street and Carlson
Avenue. The damage path continued northward to just beyond the
rotary at Route 60. Near that rotary there was a billboard lying on
top of several cars.

The total path length was 2 miles and the path width was
approximately 3/8 of a mile... with a sharp cutoff of the damage
just east of American Legion Highway/Route 60.

The National Weather Service would like to extend its appreciation
to our North Shore and Boston Skywarn amateur radio
coordinators... the Massachusetts emergency management agency
region 1 office... and the Revere Police Department for helping US
tremendously with this storm survey.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.Gov/box.

For reference... the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0... wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1... wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2... wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3... wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4... wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5... wind speeds greater than 200 mph.


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