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Community Organizers Remember the June 1st Tornado

MONSON, Mass. (WGGB) – The two-year anniversary of the June 1st Tornado is tomorrow. 

The cities and towns in the tornadoes path of destruction have come a long way since that infamous day, but for some areas, there is more work to be done. 

We spoke with people from both Springfield and Monson about that day, and about how the cities and town since have come together to get life back to normal.

The EF-3 tornado developed over Westfield, lifted briefly then touched down again in West Springfield before cutting across the Connecticut River.

The tornado strengthened as it carved a path through Springfield and Wilbraham.

As the EF-3 tornado twisted into Monson, it widened to more than 1/2 mile in width.

The tornado ripped through Brimfield, Sturbridge, and Charlton before lifting and weakening has the system moved into Worcester County.

The tornado was on the ground for 39 miles with winds of over 160 miles per hour. The storm killed three people and caused millions of dollars in damage.

The twister deforested thousand of acres of land, changing the landscape in an instant.

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