Four Killed in MA Tornadoes

By: STEPHEN SINGER - Associated Press Writer
By: STEPHEN SINGER - Associated Press Writer

Residents in tornado-damaged parts of western and central Massachusetts are being urged to stay off roads, schools are closed and state workers have the day off as officials assess damage and begin the daunting task of cleaning up.

At least two late-afternoon tornadoes Wednesday shocked the region more accustomed to dealing with snow than funnel clouds. Four people were killed and dozens injured.

In the state's third largest city, Springfield, up to 1,000 National Guardsmen are patrolling streets to discourage looting and a state of emergency has been called. Power is still out for tens of thousands.

But Gov. Deval Patrick told ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday that he feels fortunate the death toll wasn't higher, considering how quickly the tornadoes formed.

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