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Deadliest New England Tornado Ever: June 9, 1953

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
to Boston.

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).

Damage at Assumption College, wrought by the Worcester Tornado. June 9, 1953.

Damage at Assumption College, wrought by the Worcester Tornado. June 9, 1953.




















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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Steve LaNore
Steve LaNore
Steve LaNore is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist with decades of experience. His books "Twister Tales" and "Weather Wits and Science Snickers" are available on Amazon. He is the winner of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) "Best Weathercast" in 2014 / Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters "Best Weather Coverage" in 2015, Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (OAB) "Best Weathercast" 2006, 2008, 2009 / Winner of three awards for "Weather Wits and Science Snickers" in 2013 / LaNore has a heart for weather history, debunking weather myths and making science understandable.

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