MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) - With the tornado touching down in Westfield and West Springfield first, people in eastern Hamden County had more time to take cover.
Watching the tornado cross the Connecticut River gave people in eastern Hamden County the benefit of extra warning time.
David Bradway of Monson told 22News, "She was watching it on TV, channel 22, and they said it's heading toward Monson, so I said I guess we better take note. It looked like it was coming right at us."
As the tornado headed toward monsoon it gained strength, knocking trees down and homes as well.
Even after seeing the tornado live on television, some residents just couldn't believe that it could be heading their way.
"We just happened to turn and look and we saw it come over the mountain and it just kept growing and growing and growing. We were just mesmerized at a standstill just looking at it," said Rose Deland of Monson.
Even two years later, it's clear that Monson isn't quite back to normal just yet. While many new homes have been built here in Monson since the June 1st tornado, perhaps the most visual sign that a tornado was here two years ago are the trees, which are still down, have been chopped off or are completely gone.
For some, the slow recovery isn't a surprise.
According to Pastor Robert Marrone of the Church of Monson, "I remember thinking, it's going to take a long time and so the estimates that we'd heard of two to three years ago for major recovery is I think about right. It really takes a long time; it takes longer than one would think."