#7: Worcester, Mass. (Jun. 9, 1953)
Deadly, destructive tornadoes are not simply confined to the Midwest and South. Our #7 tornado was, arguably, the worst tornado of record in New England.
|Total damage estimate corrected for inflation: $1.36 billion (2011 dollars)|
|94 killed, 1288 injured|
|Path length: 46 miles over 84 minutes|
|Forbes index (100-point scale): 31.0|
Just one day after 115 were killed in a Flint, Michigan F5 tornado, the same weather system spawned this deadly tornado which raked through the north side of the city of Worcester, among other locations in Massachusetts.
The video above shows the destruction at Assumption College (now Quinsigamond Community College). The school's signature tower lost 3 stories. Two and three-story tenements were leveled, particularly in the upper Burncoat area of town.
In all, 4,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed. Six of the eight Massachusetts towns impacted reported F4 damage.
Some debris was swept miles away, including a frozen mattress found near Weymouth in Massachusetts Bay as well as books and clothing found at both Blue Hill and on outer Cape Cod.