Last Wednesday about 3 hours after I wrote my last blog post a very dramatic and tragic change occurred in my area. A tornado started in Westfield, MA and intensified as it hit West Springfield. Then, it passed over the Connecticut River and hit Springfield and kept going. It traveled for 39 miles. A total of 3 tornadoes passed through this area - the other 2 were weaker.
Springfield, MA borders my town of Longmeadow on the north. My husband & I drive many times through the South End of Springfield into Downtown. The EF3 tornado hit this area - causing devastation - and then continued onward causing additional destruction through many more neighborhoods of Springfield and to other towns in its path.
The South End of Springfield is about 2 miles from my home and about 10 minutes driving distance. We residents of Longmeadow did not see the wrath of the EF3 tornado on our homes or property. Many families lost their homes and apartments. Buildings were destroyed. Four people lost their lives. Schools will re-open tomorrow.
Below is a video from the American Red Cross that provides just a glimpse of what happened last week...
The American Red Cross is an organization that is aiding the residents of Springfield, West Springfield, Monson and other towns that were affected. Last week my husband & I made a contribution to help our neighbors. If you would also like to make a donation to the American Red Cross to help in this crisis in Western MA, it would be greatly appreciated by the residents of Western MA.