About 1,200 tornadoes strike the United States every year, with the season beginning in spring in the South, and peaking in June and July further north. While Massachusetts lies outside the “Tornado Alley” of the Midwest, we’ve experienced our share of violent twisters. One of the worst was the Great Worcester Tornado of 1953. Above, June 9, 1953: Lenore Bernard of Holden assisted a salvage crew with loading a few of her remaining
possessions on a flatbed truck. Her home in the Brentwood Estate section of Holden was badly damaged in the Great Worcester Tornado. Bernard and her daughter Nancy, 16 months old, escaped injury by huddling in the fireplace of their home.
LANE TURNER and LISA TUITE