DENNIS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down Thursday on Cape Cod after the remnants of Ida passed through New England.
The NWS confirmed an EF-0 tornado had touched town near the intersection of East Bay View and Wampanoag Trail in Dennis at around 1:30 am Thursday morning. An EF-0 tornado is the weakest form of a twister.
Residents were certain the tornado occurred as they cleared the debris left by the storm. Anthony DiMarco said he and his wife were woken up by the sound of two large trees snapping in half in their yard.
“It did seem quite loud,” he said. “We thought something might be going on outside other than the typical storm.”
The NWS said the tornado lasted for less than a minute but that’s all it takes for some serious damage to occur.
“I got up, took a look, and sure enough that tree was down in the driveway,” DiMarco said. “We’re just lucky that no one’s out, no one got hurt.”
The twister was estimated to be about 15 yards wide with an estimated maximum wind speed of 75 miles per hour.
WBZ’s Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) spoke to someone at the NWS about how they determine the characteristics of a tornado: