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

Women walk past a fallen tree after a storm on Wilson Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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
Women walk past a fallen tree after a storm on Wilson Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A worker cuts a tree from on top of a storm-damaged car on Beach Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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 t
A worker cuts a tree from on top of a storm-damaged car on Beach Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Boston Police Department officers investigate storm damage along Taft Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. Officials and residents in the Boston-area city of Revere were picking up the pieces early on Tuesday after it was raked by a r
Boston Police Department officers investigate storm damage along Taft Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A man tours the storm damage by bicycle on Taft Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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 knock
A man tours the storm damage by bicycle on Taft Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A man carries a gas can past a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) lying beneath a billboard toppled by a storm, along Route 60 in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. Officials and residents in the Boston-area city of Revere were picking up the pieces
A man carries a gas can past a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) lying beneath a billboard toppled by a storm, along Route 60 in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A collapsed roof is seen with damaged automobiles at a car workshop on Herman Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. Officials and residents in the Boston-area city of Revere were picking up the pieces early on Tuesday after it was rake
A collapsed roof is seen with damaged automobiles at a car workshop on Herman Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

Boston and cities to its northeast reported extensive street flooding from the storm, which dropped rain at the rate of 1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5 cm) per hour, the National Weather Service said.

The Boston Globe newspaper cited an official with National Grid as saying that 500 homes were still without power as of late on Monday evening. The newspaper also reported that the tornado damaged more than 100 homes.

The weather across the region and across the U.S. was forecast to cooperate with clean-up efforts on Tuesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Thompson. "In terms of severe storms, it doesn't look like there is much of a threat anywhere today," Mr Thompson said. "We are continuing on the slow, downhill slide."

Live television video showed multiple buildings with roofs or walls partly pulled off and downed trees and branches throughout the city. Rizzo said many windows and doors had been blown out at City Hall, prompting an evacuation of that building, which he said is not likely to be safe to reoccupy for several days.

Tornadoes are uncommon in Massachusetts, although a large spate of storms in June 2011 badly damaged downtown Springfield, in the central part of the state, killing three people.

At least two twisters briefly touched down near Denver International Airport late on Monday afternoon, though there were no reports of damage, Thompson said.

Passengers were told to seek shelter for about 30 minutes, the airport said on Twitter.

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