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Meteorologists confirm small tornado hit Cape Cod Monday

Meteorologists confirmed to waterspout in Vineyard Sound came ashore in Woods Hole, turning into a tornado brief.

Eyewitness reports at the Woods Hole Golf Club indicated four large wooden chairs were lofted into the air, swirled around and were thrown 500 yards away onto a tennis court.

There was no other damage.

Personnel aboard the M / V Island Home spotted at waterspout near Woods Hole at 9:50 a.m. A wind gust of 65 mph was recorded in the area, while a gust of 42 mph was recorded in Marston Mills.

The storm also downed trees in Falmouth and brought minor flooding to Sandwich.

The tornado was classified as an EF-0, with estimated winds of 60 to 65 mph and a maximum path width of 10 yards and length of about 500 feet.

Waterspouts can and do occasionally move from the water onto land, causing brief tornadoes.

Like the one in Woods Hole Monday, they are generally weak and not long lasting.


Carol Ingram

A severe storm along Cape Cod led to a downed tree in Falmouth.

The National Weather Service issued to tornado warning for Dukes and Barnstable Counties, which has now expired.

Falmouth Public Schools moved all students to interior, ground-level areas of school buildings, the district said.


The storm cell earlier prompted a tornado warning as it passed over Rhode Island.


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