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  • 29 July 2014, 10:58

Freak Tornado Wreaks Havoc Near Boston

A rare tornado has struck suburban Boston, ripping roofs off homes, toppling cars and uprooting trees.

The twister, which is an unusual sight in Massachusetts, touched down in Revere, a coastal city of nearly 52,000 residents just north of Boston.

It downed power lines and damaged over 60 homes, with at least a dozen made uninhabitable.

City officials said several people suffered minor injuries, including a baby who was in a car and was hurt by flying glass, and an elderly woman who suffered cuts.

"Given the magnitude of the storm, it's really a miracle that no one sustained more serious injuries," Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo said.

Many windows and doors had been blown out at City Hall, prompting an evacuation.

Mr Rizzo said it will likely take several days before the building can be reopened.

The tornado was spawned by a powerful storm that moved through the Boston area, causing significant flooding and wreaking havoc for residents.

The city opened a temporary shelter for displaced residents.

The weather service said it was the first tornado in Suffolk County, which includes Boston and the northern communities of Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop, since it began keeping records on them in 1950.