Update 5:15 p.m. EDT: The National Weather Service said the Revere tornado was an EF2. Maximum wind speed was 120 mph and it was two miles long. There were no serious injuries.
“Given the magnitude of the storm, it’s really a miracle that no one sustained more serious injuries,” Mayor Dan Rizzo told WBUR. “In talking with our emergency management personnel, nobody has ever seen damage like what we experienced this morning.”
A tornado struck the coastal town of Revere, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, Monday morning, officials said after surveying extensive damage.
The National Weather Service released a statement that confirmed a tornado touched ground, but the investigation continues to "determine additional details such as the maximum tornado intensity ... along with the length and width of the damage path."
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Revere Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano said dozens of calls from residents reported partial building and roof collapses, possible gas leaks and downed trees and power lines, according to WHDH.com of Boston.
The National Weather Service released a warning at 3:35 a.m. Monday that parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island could expect thunderstorms, heavy downpours and damaging wind gusts, but no hazardous weather was expected at the time. Officials announced an investigation and confirmed the tornado a few hours later, which will qualify Revere for federal disaster assistance.
There have been no reported deaths or serious injures. Locals on Twitter have been sharing their experiences.
— Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) July 28, 2014
So there totally wasn't a Tornado in Revere..... Everyone from school is posting on my insta like holy crap pic.twitter.com/Gv7upen5SY
— ZachMeetElyssaAug16 (@ZachsMagikATM) July 28, 2014
— ali connolly (@ConnollyAli) July 28, 2014
Sounds like a microburst/tornado went through Revere. Flipped cars, home damage and trees everywhere. Hope all are ok pic.twitter.com/85RsF4JvjG
— Dave G. (@daveg119) July 28, 2014
The investigation is expected to be completed later Monday afternoon and will be made public shortly thereafter.