Tornadoes hit Western, Central Mass.
Tornadoes tore through areas of the state on June 1, 2011, killing at least four people, injuring an untold number, and reducing schools, churches, and homes to splinters.
Aerial images of the tornado's aftermath.
Residents, emergency officials begin to clean up.
What was left in the wake of the storms.
Tornadoes, lightning, and more from June storm.
Photos and videos sent in from Boston.com readers.
An interactive history of the destructive storms in the state.
How rescue officials deploy and coordinate their operations.
How the tornado affected a Springfield neighborhood.
Where the twisters hit in Western, Central Mass.
A look at the conditions that create a violent storm.
Some suburbs have made progress after the most destructive tornado to hit New England in 60 years, but low-income sections lack the resources to rebuild. (Globe)
Today is the one-year mark of the devastating tornadoes in Western Mass. that killed four people and reduced schools, churches, and homes to splinters.
Michael Runnells, his wife, Beatriz and their daughter, Stephanie, have been staying at a Red Cross shelter in Springfield since their home was destroyed by the tornado. Their days are now a litany of phone calls and paperwork as they search for a new place to live. (Boston Globe, 6/12/11)
As state and local governments move from the rescue and recovery phase to cleaning up after last week’s deadly tornadoes, they are grappling with how to remove an untold amount of debris. (Boston Globe, 6/10/11)
About 40,000 students returned to school this week after three tornadoes tore through western Massachusetts. Returning to the classroom, educators say, is a way to restore at least part of students’ daily routines. But even that proved challenging in storm-ravaged Springfield. (Boston Globe, 6/8/11)
As Springfield struggles to recover from last week’s three devastating tornadoes, officials are seeking approval from the City Council to run a deficit for the first time since the city emerged from its five years under state control. (Boston Globe, 6/7/11)
Since three tornadoes ravaged central and western Mass., volunteers have used the First Church of Monson as a relief hub. (By Laura J. Nelson, Globe Correspondent)
National Weather Service meteorologists confirmed that three separate tornadoes struck Mass. on Wednesday afternoon, a main twister that accounted for nearly all the damage, and two smaller ones that touched down for only a few minutes each. (By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff)
Photos of the destruction on Pennsylvania Avenue.
A PATH OF DESTRUCTION
A day after deadly tornadoes ripped through Central and Western Massachusetts, dozens of injured residents were recovering in hospitals, hundreds were homeless, and tens of thousands remained without power. (By David Abel and Brian MacQuarrie, Globe Staff, 6/3/11)
As the killer storm bore down outside, Angelica Guerrero rushed her 15-year-old daughter to the bathroom and pressed the girl into the shelter of their bathtub. Then Guerrero climbed in herself, huddling protectively over her child. It was the safest place the terrified mother could find. But it was not safe enough to save two lives. (By Eric Moskowitz and Jenna Russell, Globe Staff)
Senators Kerry and Brown and Governor Patrick are touring the towns that suffered massive damage from the storms that killed at least four people. (Globe, 6/2/11)
A PATH OF DESTRUCTION
Tornadoes tore through Western and Central Massachusetts, killing at least four people, injuring an untold number, and reducing schools, churches, and homes to splinters along its destructive path. (Globe Staff, 6/2/11)