YARMOUTH, MASS. (WHDH) - The National Weather Service says two tornadoes are to blame for the trail of destruction that was left across Barnstable County on Tuesday.
One of two waterspouts that formed off of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Sound moved onshore just west of Barnstable, according to the NWS damage survey team. It reportedly had a discontinuous path and lifted in South Yarmouth.
The EF-1 tornado was on the ground from 11:57 a.m. to about 12:07 p.m. and is said to have traveled about 5.5 miles. It was estimated to be 250 yards wide.
Just minutes later, the same storm cell produced a second tornado in Harwich, which touched down just east of an elementary school. The NWS says straight-line storm damage was observed in Dennis and Chatham.
The tornado, also classified as an EF-1, was on the ground from 12:10 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. and is said to have traveled about 2.75 miles. It was also estimated to be 250 yards wide.
Maximum winds of 110 mph accompanied both tornadoes, uprooting trees and snapping utility poles like twigs.
The roof was blown off of the Cape Sands Inn in Yarmouth.
Gov. Charlie Baker says he will seek a federal disaster declaration to support cleanup and recovery efforts.
More than 24,000 residents remain without power.
Despite the shocking damage and devastation, no injuries were reported.
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