Officials confirm EF-1 tornado touched down in Lincoln

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Officials confirm tornado touched down in Lincoln

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — At least one tornado touched down in Rhode Island on Tuesday, the National Weather Service confirmed.

The National Weather Service reported that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Lincoln around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when a string of violent thunderstorms tore through the area.

There have been several reports of damage throughout the northwest part of the state, with the majority of it being in Lincoln and North Providence. So far, no injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service will complete additional survey work Wednesday to determine the level of the tornado and the extent of the damage it caused. Preliminary work is also being done in North Providence, where the National Weather Service has yet to determine if a tornado touched down there as well.

Parts of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts were under a Tornado Warning for a short period of time. Those warnings have since expired.

Officials are also investigating reports of a possible water spout on Sagamore Beach near the Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts.

Below is a timeline of events that occurred as the storms ripped through the area:

7:10 p.m.

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Lincoln. Officials said they will be sending crews out Wednesday to assess the damage and determine the level.

5:44 p.m.

The National Weather Service says it has a survey team heading to North Providence and Lincoln. 

Norton police said they have several reports of trees down in the area of Reservoir Street and Mansfield Avenue.

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5:36 p.m.

Aerial footage in Lincoln shows several homes there have roof damage.

5:16 p.m.

One of the areas with reported damage is North Providence. There are several trees down and homes damaged.

5:05 p.m.

A check of the WPRI.com Power Outage Database, there were 446 National Grid customers without power, most of them in Providence County.

Check out this video. While these clouds look scary, Eyewitness News Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo says it looks like a shelf cloud. It was taken in Raynham.

4:50 p.m.

The National Weather Service said it’s working on confirming whether a tornado touched down anywhere in Southern New England.

4:49 p.m.

There are reports of trees and power lines down in Lincoln.

Eyewitness News was on Angell Road, where power lines were down and sparking. There was also reports of damage on Riata Drive.

3:43 p.m.

On Facebook live, T.J. Del Santo detailed the Tornado Warning while it was in effect in Rhode Island.

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