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Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston

Christine Molle and her husband Wayne survey the damage to her mother’s house in Revere, Mass. Monday, July 28, 2014 after a tornado touched down. Revere Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano says the fire department in that coastal city has received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines. Viviano says there are no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Christine Molle and her husband Wayne survey the damage to her mother’s house in Revere, Mass. Monday, July 28, 2014 after a tornado touched down. Revere Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano says the fire department in that coastal city has received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines. Viviano says there are no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Homeowner Lenny DiBartolomeo, right, waves a flag as he and his tenant Wayne Devaughn, left, observe damage to their house in Revere, Mass., Monday, July 28, 2014 after a tornado touched down. Both men said they were grateful that they knew of no injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

A downed tree lies near a car after severe storoms Sunday in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Monday, July 28, 2014. Crews are working to restore power after series of severe thunderstorms hit Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to more than 210,000 homes and businesses. The storms packed winds up to 70 mph that knocked down trees and ripped roofs off buildings. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Charles V. Tines) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

This Sunday, July 27, 2014 photo provided by Ben Ferren shows large hail that fell in Midland, Mich., where winds toppled trees and ripped the roofs off buildings during severe thundertorms on Sunday. Crews are working to restore power after severe thunderstorms hit Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to about 223,000 homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Ferren)

Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed at least 10 homes and damaged others. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

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REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.

Officials in Revere, a coastal city of about 53,000, said there no immediate reports of serious injuries, but several people suffered minor injuries, including a baby who was in a car and hurt by flying glass and an elderly woman who suffered cuts.

“Given the magnitude of the storm, it’s really a miracle that no one sustained more serious injuries,” said Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo.

Communities across the U.S. were cleaning up Monday after strong storms destroyed homes, knocked out power for thousands of people and toppled power lines and trees.

The tornado was spawned by a powerful storm that moved through the Boston area shortly after 9 a.m. Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano said his department received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines.

Paul and Patty Carrabes said they were both at work when the wind tore the roof off their home.

“I probably would have died if I was in there,” said Patty Carrabes said.

Bob Cronin, the city’s sealer of weights and measures, said he was in City Hall when the tornado hit.

Cronin said City Hall was damaged, as were a number of businesses. One auto body shop had its roof ripped clean off, Cronin said.

“This isn’t something you expect to happen when you wake up in the morning,” he said.

The National Weather Service’s office in Massachusetts said it was the first tornado in Suffolk County, which includes the city of Boston and the northern communities of Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop, since the agency began keeping records on them in 1950.

Rizzo said City Hall was evacuated due to damage and will likely be closed for a couple of days. He said he expected the city to open a shelter for any residents who are unable to stay in their homes.

In eastern Tennessee, officials said there were no reports of any deaths or injuries from Sunday’s storms, though at least 10 homes were destroyed. Claiborne County emergency management spokeswoman Gina Breeding told The Associated Press it wasn’t clear whether the destruction was the result of a tornado, but noted there were strong winds, lightning and heavy thunderstorms.

In Kentucky, National Weather Service forecaster Tony Edwards said some areas got softball-sized hail Sunday.

Massive hail also was reported in Michigan, where winds toppled trees and ripped the roofs off buildings. And in Ohio, some roads had been blocked by flash flooding. In Pennsylvania, nighttime storms knocked out power to thousands.

Associated Press


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