Third tornado hit Cape Cod last week, NWS confirms

NWS: Third tornado hit Cape Cod last week

YARMOUTH, Mass. — The National Weather Service has confirmed a third tornado hit Cape Cod during last week's storms.

On Tuesday, July 23, a tornado touched down in West Yarmouth, leaving thousands without power and prompting a state of emergency in Harwich.

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The NWS says it received additional information from last week's storms and was able to determine there was an additional tornado. That twister touched down at Schooner Street and Yacht Avenue in West Yarmouth.

In its report, the NWS stated: "this brief and narrow tornado was on the ground at the same time as another tornado... previously documented... was moving toward South Yarmouth."

"I thought the roof came off, but that was the chimney getting sucked off and bricks bouncing all over the place," says Donna Hall, who added that it now all makes sense.

"I would think we'd have our own special tornado because it was so intense."

According to the NWS, before Tuesday's storms, there had been only "three documented tornadoes on Cape Cod." Those were on Oct. 29, 2018, in Woods Hole, Aug. 22, 1977, in Hyannis, and Aug. 9, 1968, in Sandwich.

A section of a roof smashed into Austin Connor's house.

"It was like a big bam, the whole roof of the house. It was a big whack, then it just shot by," he said.

Clean up in West Yarmouth is ongoing. Much more needs to be done, but neighbors like hall say everyone from police to utility crews are working overtime to get it done.

"I'm amazed. I thought it was going to be several weeks," Hall said. "I was hugging the DPW guys yesterday."

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