Tornado warning until 9 north of Rte. 9 from Worcester to Wayland

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m. Tornado warning canceled.

So take cover.

A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CENTRAL WORCESTER AND SOUTH CENTRAL MIDDLESEX COUNT AT 822 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DA WAS LOCATED OVER SHREWSBURY...MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS REPORTED NUMEROUS LARGE TRE TREES HAVE DOWN IN WORCESTER. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... WORCESTER...FRAMINGHAM...MARLBOROUGH...SHREWSBURY.. HUDSON...WESTBOROUGH...SUDBURY...ASHLAND...NORTHBORO SOUTHBOROUGH...STOW...BOYLSTON AND BERLIN.

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    Totnado

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    It's like a sharknado, but scarier and bitey-er.

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    Totnado?

    Is that a spinning vortex of high velocity Tater Tots?

    The proximity of 'r' and 't' on a hand held must be a handful.

    I know.

    I try to pay attention to production details.

    It inspired whimsy from several quarters so it's all good.

    You do a fine job Adam

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    As long as you've had your morning coffee

    Actually - I literally thought it was one of your usual clever headlines that perhaps flew over my head.

    Or, it was about a movie where an atmospheric phenomenon pulled potatoes out of the ground, whipped them through your nearest grocer's freezer where they were flash-frozen and then crashed into Boston, exploding on impact (and if anyone thinks I'm making this ridiculous movie plot up on the fly, see if you can find a rerun of Stonadoes on Sci Fi).

    The tornado has been confirmed by the NWS

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    Wish I had known. Some family members, including my Dad live in the warning area. He survived the Worcester 1953 tornado.

    From nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=201409010515-KBOX-NOUS41-PNSBOX (time sensitive link), the NWS1 wrote:

    "PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
    115 AM EDT MON SEP 1 2014

    ...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WORCESTER MA ON AUGUST 31 2014...

    LOCATION...WORCESTER IN WORCESTER COUNTY MA
    DATE...AUGUST 31 2014
    ESTIMATED TIME...810-814 PM EDT
    MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
    ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH
    MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.1 MILES
    PATH LENGTH...1.7 MILES
    BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.24N / 71.80W
    ENDING LAT/LON...42.26N / 71.77W
    * FATALITIES...0
    * INJURIES...0" ....

    ....THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF PERRY AVENUE AND FAIRFAX ROAD...JUST TO THE EAST OF INTERSTATE 290 AND NORTH OF ROUTE 146. THERE WAS A WELL-DEFINED NARROW PATH OF DAMAGE THAT EXTENDED NORTHEASTWARD FOR NEARLY 1.7 MILES...PASSING JUST EAST OF SAINT VINCENT HOSPITAL AND ENDING ON GORDON STREET...
    JUST NORTH OF HAMILTON STREET AND WEST OF HARRINGTON WAY.
    NO DAMAGE WAS SEEN NEAR NORTH HIGH SCHOOL.

    OVERALL...THE DAMAGE WAS MOSTLY TO TREES...SOME OF WHICH WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. THE SNAPPING OCCURRED 40-50 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND IN SOME LOCATIONS AND CLOSER TO THE BASES AT OTHER LOCATIONS. SOME TREES LANDED ON CARS CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE CARS. A COUPLE OF TREES ALSO LANDED ON HOMES. HOWEVER THERE WAS LITTLE IF ANY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOMES IN AN AREA THAT IS RELATIVELY DENSELY POPULATED WITH HOMES. A FEW WINDOWS WERE BROKEN...BUT BY BRANCHES HITTING THEM AND NOT BY BEING BLOW OUT.

    ON HEYWOOD STREET TO THE EAST OF SAINT VINCENT HOSPITAL...A FEW NARROW METAL POLES WERE SNAPPED BUT THE POLES HAD NETTING ATTACHED TO THEM WHICH COULD HAVE ACTED SOMEWHAT AS A SAIL. A SOCCER NET WAS ENTANGLED IN TREES. IN A FIELD...A FEW LARGE BRANCHES WERE FOUND THAT APPARENTLY HAD BEEN AIRBORN AND DEPOSITED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD...FAR FROM ANY TREES. THERE WAS DISTINCT EVIDENCE OF TORNADIC FLOW...WITH TREES BLOWN DOWN FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST ON ONE SIDE AND NORTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST ON THE OTHER SIDE AT THAT LOCATION.

    ACCORDING TO THE DEGREES OF DAMAGE PORTION OF THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS AT THE VERY HIGH END OF THE EF0 SCALE...WHICH CORRESPONDS TO WIND SPEEDS OF APPROXIMATELY 85 MPH. DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A TORNADIC DEBRIS SIGNATURE AT 811 PM AND THUS WE ESTIMATE THAT THE TORNADO BEGAN AT 810 PM AND WAS ON THE GROUND UNTIL 814 PM. RADAR INDICATED THAT THE DEBRIS
    SIGNATURE CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL MORE MINUTES WITH ROTATION
    CONTINUING ALOFT... "