An uncommon tornado hit cape Cod on Tuesday, the National Weather Service stated.
There have been reviews of downed trees and power lines however no identified accidents, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency spokesman Christopher Besse stated.
More than 50,000 clients have been without power as of 6 p.m. ET, energy company Eversource stated.
Of the 1,253 tornadoes that the US has on average annually, Massachusetts sees only one, in keeping with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; only Alaska and Rhode Island average none.
Video from CNN affiliate WHDH confirmed in depth damage to the Cape Sands Inn in West Yarmouth. Megan McGuire, who informed the affiliate that she and her mom took shelter between beds at the inn, mentioned she’d never seen something like it in the 24 years she’s been vacationing on Cape Cod.
“It was surprising,” McGuire mentioned.
The tornado touched Harwich, and South Yarmouth, the state Emergency Management Agency stated, citing the National Weather Service. Harwich has claimed a local state of emergency.
The National Weather Service Boston on Tuesday evening gave the tornado a preliminary “high end” EF1 rating, with the maximum wind strength of 110 miles per hour. The last statement can be issued on Wednesday, the service stated.
A National Weather Service survey group will be meeting with emergency management officers on the cape to assess the damage, the service said on Twitter.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito informed reporters stated crews are doing assessments.
“It’s a miracle that there was no significant personal damage,” she mentioned.