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Springfield To Observe Tornado Anniversary

This apartment house in Springfield MA damaged by the June 1 2011 tornado was later demolished

In the midst of the pandemic, Springfield, Massachusetts will pause Monday to reflect on the anniversary of a natural disaster.
           Mayor Domenic Sarno said the ninth anniversary of the June 1, 2011 tornado is a time to recall the ability of the people of Springfield to join together and make the city whole again.

"I will ask the houses of worship to please chime your bells and then a moment of reflection and silence at the exact time when the tornado hit, which I believe was 4:38 (pm)," Sarno said.

The tornado, which tracked through parts of Hampden and Worcester counties, killed 3 people, injured 300, left 500 homeless, and caused an estimated $140 million in property damage in Springfield.


Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.