Tornadoes and storms leave four dead in Massachusetts, US

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Washington, Jun 2: US is going through a lean phase on the weather front at least with a series of tornadoes and hurricanes striking the coastal states of the country. Barely a few weeks into the violent tornado that devastated the coastal city of Joplin, the country again on Jun 1, experienced a spate of tornadoes and storms that ripped through the densely populated western and central Massachusetts.

Reports suggest that at least four people have been killed in the tornadoes.

Such has been the extent of damage that Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts has declared a state of emergency and authorised to summon a thousand National Guard troops to help in restoring normalcy.

At a news conference, he said, "It is early going yet, so those are not final numbers, although we are hoping and praying and working as hard as possible to keep the fatalities limited to those four."

According to Scott MacLeod, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, "(Damages included) trees and numerous power lines down, roofs ripped off of homes, things like cars and SUVs that have been toppled over."

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