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Two hard-to-believe tornadoes touched ground in western Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon and have caused ample damage in the major city of Springfield and the minor cities of Westfield and Wilbraham.
The 10-mile high funnel thought to be at least 1-mile wide struck at about 4:45 p.m. ET and has reportedly killed four so far while destroying hundreds of homes and dozens of communities.
The destruction and injuries caused by the tornado, not common in the area, has triggered Gov. Deval Patrick to declare a state of emergency and dispatch 1,000 National Guard members to help with relief efforts.
"It’s tearing Springfield apart, oh my God!" exclaimed one witness while video-recording the twister.
Another witness, according to msnbc.com, nervously shared, "The next thing you know the TV says a tornado hit the railroad bridge in West Springfield. It's the baddest I've seen."
The tornado left around 26,000 people in greater Springfield without power and it could take days to restore the service.
Springfield is located about 90 miles west of Boston.
Halfway into the year, 2011 has already been reported as the deadliest year for tornadoes since 1953, when 519 people died.