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Tornado touched down in Westminster during Tuesday’s storms

A tornado touched down Tuesday in Westminster about 60 miles away from another twister that struck in Wrentham amid thunderstorms that brought powerful winds, large hail, and heavy downpours across the state, the National Weather Service said.

The tornado struck off West Princeton Road near Wachusett Mountain at 7:24 p.m., the weather service said in a statement. Winds whipped up to 75 miles per hour, damaging a dozen trees and shearing off several tree tops, the service said.

The tornado was ranked a low EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which measures the strength of tornadoes from EF0 to EF5 based on wind speed and damage caused.


Meteorologists said the tornado left a narrow path of damage, about a half-mile long and 75 yards at its widest point. Weather service radars also detected rotation in clouds, which indicates a tornado.

The twister was on the ground for about two minutes, the weather service said. It is the second confirmed tornado caused by thunderstorms that rolled across the state Tuesday.

Another EF0 tornado touched down in Wrentham at 5:39 p.m., the weather service said. Winds reached 80 miles per hour as the twister roared through the center of town, causing trees to topple onto roadways and become entangled in telephone wires.

Aneri Pattani can be reached at aneri.pattani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @apattani95.