Damaged homes and cars, downed trees and flooded roads are the result of violent storms that swept through the northeastern part of the US. Rhode Island has hit the state’s strongest tornado in 37 years, the national weather agency said.
A powerful tornado passed through several cities in the US state of Rhode Island on Friday. Damage was reported in Jonhston, Scituate and North Providence.
One of the recordings from the first of these towns shows how a tree fell on a car parked near the house. Property owner Michala Hilario reported seeing various objects flying past her home. She took refuge in the basement.
The strongest in almost 40 years
The tornado category was classified as EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The wind was blowing at about 185 kilometers per hour, the US National Weather Service (NWS) reported. It was the strongest tornado to hit Rhode Island since August 7, 1986, according to the agency.
According to NWS meteorologist Hayden Frank, there are only a few tornadoes a year in New England, a region of the United States in the Northeast, most of which are relatively weak.
Storms in other states
Violent traffic was passing through New England that day storms. Tornadoes were also reported in southeastern Massachusetts, in the area of North Attleborough, Mansfield, Weymouth and Stoughton. Homes were damaged, roads were flooded as a result of heavy rainfall, and winds uprooted trees and downed power lines. There have been power outages.
Reuters, foxweather.com, AP
Main photo source: Reuters/Michael Hilario