Clean up begins after tornadoes tear through the U.S.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:14 AM - It has been a stormy couple of days for many parts of the U.S.
Clean up has begun in Ostego County, Michigan after an EF1 tornado touched down on Monday afternoon. Wind gusts of up to 160 km/h were reported in the region. Several funnel clouds were spotted by witnesses in the county.
The twister downed power lines and uprooted trees tossing them toward nearby buildings. One unfortunate home-owner saw damage to his house from four different trees. Another 24 homes were also affected by the tornado.
Power is currently out in the area as officials work to clean up the debris. Dozens of homes will remain without electricity until the work is done.
An unusual Massachusetts tornado
Residents in Worcester, about 64 km west of Boston, were caught off-guard on Sunday when a tornado hit the region. The twister was an EF0 with wind gusts of up to 135 km/h.
A tornado touched down in Worcester last night. Crazy— Chantelle (@_ChantizzyP) September 1, 2014
According to the National Weather Service, the twister touched ground at about 8:10 p.m. local time, was about 1/6 of a km wide and had a path of 2.7 kilometers. The system also poured more than 50 millimetres of rain in less than 40 minutes.
While plenty of cars and homes reported damage, fortunately there were no injuries. Officials say that all things considered they were very lucky as the tornado passed just east of Saint Vincent Hospital.
On Monday, officials from Worcester Parks department and Emergency teams were cleaning the streets alongside volunteers. The city said residents can drop off yard waste at a designated facility set up for the occasion.