Friday’s tornado warning brought back memories of June 2011 twister

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BRIMFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Eastern Hampden County was under a tornado warning Friday afternoon but has since expired. 

It was an unnerving reminder for survivors of the June 1, 2011 tornado. It’s was pouring rain on and off throughout Friday in the Pioneer Valley.  

In parts of western Massachusetts where the June 1st, 2011 tornado hit hard, people said they know not to ignore the warnings. 

Quarter-sized hail hammered houses in parts of Western Massachusetts Friday, followed by sometimes torrential rains.  

 A warning was issued in Eastern Hampden County after radar indicated there could be a tornado. It’s an alert that means something very different for Brimfield residents impacted by the 2011 Tornado, eight-years-ago. 

In 2011, an EF3 twister cut a forty-mile path of destruction from Westfield to Charleton, leaving three people dead. 

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case Friday afternoon, when Doppler radar indicated rotation at altitude, but no tornado was spotted, and there were no reports of damage. But those who were hit hard eight-years-ago, couldn’t help but worry. 

“My wife did call me to say there was a tornado warning,” said Tony Polakowski of Brimfield. “Could hear it in her voice, she was panicked. We lost our house eight-years-ago. Yeah, it gets a little creepy.” 

With all the rain, street and stream flooding could become an issue on Saturday. 

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