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000 NOUS41 KBOX 041313 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-041715- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Taunton MA 913 AM EDT Thu May 4 2017 ...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK - THE CONCORD TORNADO AND TORNADO SAFETY... The National Weather Service has declared the week of May 1 to May 5 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in southern New England. This is the fourth in a series of five public information statements on various topics related to severe weather awareness. At approximately 322 AM on the morning of August 22 2016 an EF1 tornado touched down in Concord, Massachusetts. Fortunately there were no fatalities or serious injuries. The tornado had a path length of a half mile and a path width of 400 yards. Maximum wind gusts were estimated at 100 mph. It was the fifth tornado on record to occur in Massachusetts between midnight and 6 AM. On average, a few tornadoes occur each year in southern New England. Most are brief and weak with a rating of EF0 or EF1. They also are more common across the interior than along the coast because the proximity of the ocean often acts as a limiting factor. It is quite unusual for a tornado to occur during the morning hours although it is not completely unprecedented. We know that tornadoes do occur here, such as the EF3 in Monson and Springfield, Massachusetts in 2011, the EF2 in Revere, Massachusetts in 2014, and several weaker tornadoes in southern New England. The question is, are people prepared? Take these steps to ensure that you and your family are safe during a Tornado Warning. Make sure that you know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A Tornado Watch means that you should be prepared because conditions are such that a tornado could form, somewhere within the large Watch area. However, a Tornado Warning means that you need to take action! A tornado is either occurring, or is imminent, based on radar or spotter observations! During a Tornado Watch, check for forecast updates, keep an eye to the sky, and know where to take shelter. During a Tornado Warning, take shelter immediately! Seek further forecast information on NOAA Weather Radio, the NWS website, or local media outlets for the latest updates. $$ For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at www.weather.gov/boston You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWSBoston You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston

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