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High winds, flooding batter region

Twister hits near Mass.-Conn. line

Carole J. Calabrese surveyed damage in front of her home on Monday in Agawam following a brief but strong storm.

Michael S. Gordon/The Republican via Associated Press

Carole J. Calabrese surveyed damage in front of her home on Monday in Agawam following a brief but strong storm.

A tornado touched down just over the Massachusetts line in north central Connecticut on Monday afternoon, downing trees and damaging structures, the National Weather Service reported.

The tornado traveled about 2¼ miles, originating on Hayden Station Road in Windsor, Conn., where the roof was blown off a warehouse, and moving north though the neighboring town of Windsor Locks and then east across the Connecticut River to Main Street in East Windsor, according to a statement from the Weather Service in Taunton.

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Witnesses reported flying debris and a roar like that of a freight train, the Weather Service said, as winds from the EF1 twister reached 90 miles per hour.

Thunderstorms also rumbled through Massachusetts on Monday, bringing torrential rain, flooding roads, and prompting the Weather Service to issue four tornado warnings.

One storm blew down numerous trees as it swept through Agawam’s Main Street area, according to Lieutenant Gary Brown of the Agawam Fire Department.

Jessica Hill/Journal Inquirer via Associated Press

A powerful storm tore through the Connecticut towns of Windsor Locks and East Windsor, leaving an overturned truck in the parking lot of a Walmart in East Windsor.

Brown said high winds downed utility lines, causing brief power outages.

Some buildings sustained minor damage, and about 15 cars were damaged by falling trees, eight of them totaled, but no deaths or injuries were reported, Brown said.

“Everything’s almost back to normal, other than people losing their trees,” Brown said at about 5 p.m. Monday.

Carly Michel, a florist at Agawam Flower Shop at 430 Main St., said, “It was right out in our parking lot.”

She said the winds picked up all the flowers outside her shop and broke the windows of shops down the street, leaving glass on the pavement. “It lasted two minutes and then went down,” she said.

Merrimack Valley and North Shore communities were hit hardest by the storms, which dumped up to 2 inches of rain in Lowell and other areas, said William Babcock, a Weather Service meteorologist.

Despite the heavy rains and high winds, no injuries were reported, Babcock said.

He said flooding was reported in Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield, as well as Haverhill and Lowell, where Moore Street was closed by the high waters. Flooding was also reported in Gloucester.

“Gloucester had at least a foot of water on Route 128. All lanes were flooded except the breakdown lane,” Babcock said.

Martin Finucane of the Globe staff and Globe Correspondent Melissa Hanson contributed to this report. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at Jasper Craven can be reached at
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