At least 4 people died and 200 injured in Massachusetts after tornadoes ripped through the state on Wednesday, causing widespread damage as the Northeast braced for a barrage of thunderstorms, hail and high winds.

The tornadoes have caused property damages and widespread power outages as United States is experiencing one of the deadliest tornado seasons in decades. The storms wreaked damage in a string of 18 cities and villages across central and western Massachusetts.

There were reports that up to 4 tornadoes hit in and around Springfield, the third-largest city in Massachusetts which hadn't experienced a tornado since 2008.

Two of the dead were from Westfield. One person died in West Springfield and another in Brimfield, said a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency spokesman.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and authorized 1,000 National Guard troops to be called up to provide support after at least two tornadoes touched down. Search and rescue efforts continued and thousands in Massachusetts were still without power on Thursday after the tornadoes.

Take a look at the aftermath photos: