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Rare tornado slams Boston area, knocks out power, damages homes

Published on Jul 29, 2014 6:07 PM

BOSTON (REUTERS) - Officials and residents in the Boston-area city of Revere were picking up the pieces early on Tuesday after it was raked by a rare tornado that knocked out power and damaged homes and buildings.

The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston, Massachusetts, and many of its northern suburbs on Monday.

"Obviously we had a monumental storm come through our city early this morning," Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo told reporters. "There's widespread damage, downed power lines, telephone poles, a lot of public buildings and homes that have been damaged." State emergency management officials said they were not aware of major injuries or fatalities from the storm.

Revere police reported extensive damage to homes and trees after the violent weather. Rizzo wrote on Twitter that officials would be arranging a relief fund on Tuesday.

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