NWS confirms tornado touched down in Stoughton
STOUGHTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- The National Weather Service said a small tornado touched down in Stoughton on Thursday evening.
After surveying the damage, the National Weather Service confirmed a weak tornado, an EFO on the enhanced Fujita scale that measures tornado intensity, touched down in the area of Washington Street in Stoughton about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Sometimes people witness a microburst with straight-line winds but mistaken them for tornadoes, but a National Weather Service meteorologist surveyed the scene Friday and determined a small tornado touched down in Stoughton.
“It looks like a weak tornado, EF0 would be on the scale. Winds somewhere in the neighborhood of 80-90 miles per hour would be my first estimate,” said Joe DelliCarpini, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Cell phone video captured an ominous cloud forming a funnel. A surveillance camera shows it darting across the street, the tail of the funnel cloud clearly visible.
“It sounded like an explosion. The whole building shook,” said John Souza of Airstream of New England.
Souza went outside to find 6,000-pound trailers tossed from their parking spots moving six to eight feet. One of the trailers was lifted off the ground and settled back on a rock. The owner estimates about $65,000-$75,000 worth of damage was done to the three trailers that were damaged.
“We didn’t know what happened at the time, it just all happened so fast…it was over as quick as it started,” said Souza.
Hail came down for a second and the wind swirled apple blossom petals through the air, creating a surreal winter-like scene.
“I was like, wow, you don’t see this in New England,” said Rick Hume, CYN Environmental Manager.
About a half a mile away from where the tornado touched down, a microburst with straight-line winds took down a few pine trees, one landed on a house.
“With most tornadoes you will see an area of straight-line wind damage, usually removed from it, and that was the case here,” said DelliCarpini.
A series of storms moved through the area on Thursday. There were no reports of injuries.