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Massachusetts residents hit by rare tornado

Posted On Thu, June 2, 2011

On the first day of hurricane season, New Englanders were reminded that tornado season is alive and well.

Multiple reports indicate as many as 19 towns were affected by at least one of two tornadoes that touched down right around rush hour on Wednesday.

Shortly after the twisters hit towns south and west of Boston, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick issued a state of emergency, which led to approximately 1,000 National Guard troops being deployed to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.

"Under the circumstances, it’s a blessing that there haven’t been more people hurt," said Patrick, in an interview with local television station WBZ. "We're going to rebuild and we're going to rebuild together, because we're all in this together."

At least four people are believed to have died as a result of the storm and dozens of residents are injured, several seriously, according to reports.

This will be the first time in more than a decade that Bay State residents will be filing home insurance claims as a result of tornadoes, as the Storm Prediction Center says the last significant twister to hit the region was in May 1995. 

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