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Tornadoes happen to other people. Somewhere in Kansas, or in areas where there are flat plains and lots of mobile homes. At least that is what many of us thought in Western Massachusetts before June 1, 2011. Sure, we’ve hosted 152 tornadoes, averaging three twisters per year (similar to frequencies in Texas and Mississippi). But I certainly never thought a tornado could hit a city like Springfield, the “City of Homes” — until one did.

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