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The day after the Tornado- a picture blog

Friday, June 03, 2011

Two tornadoes ripped through my city. This is what is left.

Help came from as far away as Boston (100 miles away from Springfield)

This man's friend lived in this apartment. He was on the phone with him when the roof came off.

The "X" means the building is not safe for search and rescue.

A crushed car

South end community center.

A black hawk takes off from the basketball hall of fame.

The national guard

roof tops just... gone.

a trapped car (on the right)

Homes are lost, neighbors are displaced.

Veterans Golfcourse, every tree is halved.

South Branch Parkway.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SDLEE514 10/2/2012 1:07PM

    This happened on my birthday, and I grew up in Southampton, right near Northamton mass. Who would have ever thought that could happen in western mass???

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DIANA_IS_BACK 6/7/2011 2:25PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this and other tragic acts of nature recently.

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REBECCAMA 6/7/2011 2:20PM

    I've posted on the teams and my page about it too. I was at UMass Amherst and we had to go to the basements of our buildings because a funnel cloud was spotted. We were spared any damage thankfully. You did a great job with the pictures. I like the format and the borders and everything. There are so many sad stories coming out of this disaster, and a few good stories of heroism too. It will definitely be with us for years to come.

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ASTORRES1 6/7/2011 12:58PM

    I didnt realize you live so close...I live in Chicopee but work in Vernon, CT and drove through Springfield that day right after it has struck....unbelievable the destruction.
I hope you and your family are all okay.


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GWENAEL 6/7/2011 11:37AM

  I am so sorry I'm just reading this. I'm relieved to hear you are safe though! My heart and good thoughts go out to you and your community!!!


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MADCATTRINA 6/5/2011 9:17PM

    I had family strung along the entire 39 miles of tonado path but everyone is ok. After seeing your pictures I am even more thankful. We were in Sturbridge driving on I-84 about 15 minute before it hit there. The sky looked bad but we were unaware of anything. As soon as we reached the Vernon CT boarder the sun was shining again so we stopped to eat. That is where we learned of the events.

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SWEETTOOTH10 6/5/2011 6:53AM

    Wow! Like others said, My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by these Tornadoes. Unbelievable!

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LINJEN48 6/4/2011 8:55AM

    The Governor and 2 state Senators where in the black hawk and landed at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
They came from Boston the day after to check for damages and send relief.
I live just the other side of Westfield and it was very scary.
Thanks for the pictures

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LOUVRELOVER 6/3/2011 10:18PM

    Unbelievable! I live south of Boston and we got lots of thunder, lightning, and rain, but not nearly the wind and destruction you did. I'm glad you're safe. Thanks for sharing! Pioneer Valley is in my prayers emoticon

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BOOTS1221 6/3/2011 9:52PM

    I'm so sorry :( I also live in MA, but I live north close to the NH border so we didn't get much more than crazy lightning. My husband and I were glued to the TV with all the warnings and footage of tornadoes touching down... My heart & prayers go out to you, your family, and your communities.

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    This breaks my heart, my heart goes out to you an everyone that lives there and has lost homes and loved one's. :(

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MOMONTHERUN1 6/3/2011 4:37PM

    I am glad that you are ok, but I think Mother Nature is extremely upset with us humans lately.

Hang in there and I hope that your city gets back to "normal" soon.


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AARONSGIRL420 6/3/2011 4:15PM

    I'm glad you are alright. Those are very telling pictures of the power of nature, how scary.

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JONEIL513 6/3/2011 3:53PM

    I am glad you are alright! everyone in your town is in my thoughts. emoticon

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DONNYBELLE 6/3/2011 3:25PM

    that's all insane. so sorry for you and everyone who has had to go through all this wicked weather we've been having across the country.
emoticon keeping all y'all in my prayers

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/3/2011 3:25PM

    I am so sorry! That is scary! Hugs

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OFFDREA 6/3/2011 3:24PM

    Im so glad you are okay.
The pictures are so eerily beautiful even though they are of such destruction. I hope your family and friends are alright too.

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NIKKICOLE83 6/3/2011 3:19PM

    I am so sorry for you and your community. It seems like the midwest is just reeling right now. I live in Nebraska and a lot of out state is either underwater or about to be due to the flooding of the Mississippi. I wish everyone relief and safekeeping.

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ABB698 6/3/2011 3:16PM

    Wow Michele! Wow! I am so glad you are safe, and although it is a tragedy you are taking pics of, as always, you are a great photographer! Continue to stay safe out there! Love you! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/3/2011 2:56PM

    Unbelievable what can happen in a few terrifying minutes. So glad you are safe, hope everyone you know is okay, too!

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    Wow, that's scary!! I'm glad you're safe!

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RLA1891 6/3/2011 2:44PM

    I'm so glad you are safe. My friend lost her home but they were able to make it out. I hope you are doing ok.

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EVERGREENE 6/3/2011 2:43PM

    Wooooooowwwww... I just helped with some cleanup for the Tornado in Joplin, MO. I feel for all who have had to go through that...

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