The following information is from “Twister Tales”, available on Amazon.
The Worcester tornado was the deadliest to ever hit New England, and it comes in as the 22nd deadliest on record in the United States with 90 fatalities.
The trouble began in Massachusetts in the mid-to-late afternoon on
June 9, 1953 the day after the Flint Tornado. Around 4:30 p.m., a supercell spawned a tornado that grew into a mile wide monster.
It crashed through Holden, Shrewsbury, and Worcester,
following a 46 mile-long path to the east-southeast almost
The funnel was described by eyewitnesses as being a “huge cone
of black smoke”. In addition to the deaths, nearly 1,300 were injured
and it left 10,000 people homeless. The Worcester Tornado destroyed or seriously damaged at least 4,000 buildings, including well-built factories and part of the campus of Assumption College in Worcester (image below).
It also hoisted a great amount of debris into the air and flung it a
long way. Some of the material casualties thrown far from home include a music
box, an aluminum trap door, and a 2-foot square piece of roofing.
These items were found near the Blue Hill Observatory, just
south of Boston, almost 20 miles downstream from where they were
picked up by the twister. That’s a long and mighty rough ride.
Total damage due to the Worcester tornado was estimated at
$52,143,000 (1953 dollars). That would be in the $1 billion range
today, ranking it in the top 10 most destructive tornadoes on record.
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