At least four people have died as two tornados struck the central parts of Massachusetts state. Earlier, Governor Deval Patrick said 19 communities in Springfield had been affected by the extreme weather system.
According to a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency spokesman, two of the dead were from Westfield. One person died in West Springfield and anther in Brimfield.
Governor Patrick has declared a state of emergency in view of the severe weather that has caused extensive damage in the state.
The governor said while at least one fatality has been reported, many have been injured as extreme weather system caused twisters on Wednesday evening.
We don’t know the extent of injuries yet, Patrick said. The governor said 1,000-stong National Guard contingent has been deployed to carry out search and rescue operations.
The damage came amid a wave of heavy thunderstorms that moved through the Northeast on Wednesday afternoon, CNN reported.
According to meteorologists tornadoes started in Westfield and continued to neighboring West Springfield.