WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -
The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Worcester overnight after heavy storms moved through the area.
The EF-0 tornado tore a path nearly two miles long through the city on Sunday night with winds up to 85 miles per hour, causing little damage to homes but tearing down trees and power lines. The storm began in the southern part of the city, in the Vernon Hill neighborhood, and then headed northeast.
"Well, all I hear was a lot of thunder and lightning, look out my window... the power lines were flying and I hear crashing... and I told my kids to gather down, you know, so I just come out here and there's lots of damage. It happened in just, like, seconds," Mark Skevos said.
A statement from the city stated that a "severe weather incident" had hit the Grafton Hill neighborhood, with several large trees downed. No injuries were reported and no residents were displaced.
"Luckily it only came down for a few minutes and left because it could have done a lot more damage,” Worcester Mayor Joe Petty said.
National Grid said they expect to have power restored to all homes by 9 p.m.
"All we heard was a big noise and all of a sudden a crash, it came out here and the car was totaled,” Juan Rodriguez said.
The city asked residents to stay away from downed power lines and flooded areas that may have hidden downed lines.
Worcester DPW & Parks Forestry and Emergency Teams were working to clear streets, and the city said residents could drop off yard waste at the Millbury Street drop-off facility.