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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.

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