It has been exactly seven years since a devastating EF-3 tornado tore through western Massachusetts.
The twister carved a 40-mile path of destruction from Westfield to Charlton, killing three people. There were also numerous injuries, including 300 people hurt in the city of Springfield alone.
More than 500 people lost their homes. Destruction was widespread, with the Merrick section of West Springfield, the South End, East Forest Park, and Sixteen Acres sections of Springfield, and the center of Monson being particularly hard-hit. There was also massive tree damage and the destruction of homes in Westfield, Wilbraham, and Brimfield.
In total, the tornado caused an estimated $140 million in damages.
In remembrance of the victims who died, and the many survivors whose lives were turned upside-down, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is calling for a citywide moment of reflection, in which all churches in the city will toll their bells at 4:38 P.M.; the exact time the tornado’s path crossed into Springfield.