Two Tornadoes Touched Down Monday Morning, Just Miles from Rhode Island


It’s certainly been a busy period for weather here in Southern New England…especially when it comes to tornadoes.  We had a tornado skip through North Providence and Lincoln last week and another move through Norton, Massachusetts…not too mention numerous waterspouts near the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Monday morning, we had two more twisters touch down not too far away from Rhode Island.

One hit Fishers Island just after 7:30AM.  The island lies just 4 miles away from Westerly!  Live Doppler Radar detected the cell moving across Fishers Island. 

Brian Faulkner caught the Fisher Island tornado while out on a boat.

Trees and wires came down and some small buildings came off their foundations.  Matt Edwards snapped these photos of the damage on Fisher Island. 

Below is the preliminary report from the New York National Weather Service.  It appears as though this is the first tornado on Fishers Island since records started being kept in 1950.

A second tornado touched down on Cape Cod in Woods Hole.  It was the first tornado to hit the Cape since 1977! Monday’s twister actually started as a waterspout then moved onshore.  The EF-0 tornado threw some chairs around, but no other damage was reported.  Here’s the report from the Boston National Weather Service. 

A crew member on the Steamship Authority caught the waterspout on Vineyard Sound.  This photo courtesy the National Weather Service.

Fortunately, no one was injured from either tornado.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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