STOUGHTON, Massachusetts (WHDH) — The National Weather Service said a preliminary survey shows a small tornado touched down in Stoughton on Thursday evening.
“It was really dark. It was like twisting above our building,” said one woman.
Cell phone video captured an ominous cloud forming a funnel. A surveillance camera shows it darting across the street, the tail of the funnel cloud clearly visible.
“We are looking a tornadic damage. There’s really no question of that,” said an official.
After surveying the damage, the National Weather Service confirmed a weak tornado, an EFO on the enhanced Fujita scale that measures tornado intensity, with wind gusts from 65 miles per hour to 85 mph, touched down in the area of Washington Street in Stoughton about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
“It sounded like an explosion. The whole building shook,” said John Souza.
Souza went outside to find 6,000-pound trailers tossed from their parking spots.
“The trailers on the corner had actually moved back about six to eight feet. The one on the end lifted off the ground and settled right on the rock. You can actually see the wheels still off the ground,” said Souza.
At a nearby landscaping business, a rubber mat landed 30 feet up in a tree. Inside a Planet Fitness, employees couldn’t tell what was happening.
“The windows were shaking, a little. I wasn’t sure what it was to be honest,’” said a woman.
A series of storms moved through the area on Thursday. There were no reports of injuries.