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NWS confirms 3 tornadoes, waterspout touched down in Mass.

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Three tornadoes and a waterspout touched down across MetroWest and central Massachusetts on Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed.

An EF-0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 65 mph touched down for about ¾ of mile in Marlborough at 11:40 a.m., the NWS said. The tornado touched down just west of Interstate 495 near the Marlborough Water Treatment Center, went over a business park and traveled northwest a short distance before dissipating just north of Cedar Hill Street, the NWS said.

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An EF-0 tornado with 60-65 mph winds touched down in Bolton at 12:30 p.m. for about 1/10 of a mile, the NWS said. The tornado knocked a tree down into wires, and a large branch was ripped from another tree on Main Street.

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An EF-0 tornado with 60-70 mph winds touched down in Stow at 1:10 p.m. for about 1/10 of a mile, the NWS said. The tornado caused minor damage and knocked down a large tree along Route 117 near the Stow Police Department.

Several hours later, National Weather Service meteorologists confirmed via video that a waterspout touched down on Sunset Lake in Ashburnham.

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Several eyewitnesses of the Marlborough tornado reported seeing tree branches in the air, and a tree fell on two parked cars on Cedar Hill Street.

"I went right to the window and began videotaping. And right over there we could see the funnel cloud just forming and swirling," said witness Tara Valcourt. "And then it stopped a little bit and then it moved over, formed and swirled some more and then it just kept going."

Valcourt said she worked at the BJ's corporate office building, which overlooks Marlborough.

"We could just see the clouds moving and swirling. You could see shadows, but from that distance, you can't really tell what it is," she said.

Rotation in a series of small, but concentrated, storm cells as the remnants of Henri move through Massachusetts prompted multiple tornado warnings Monday, along with several eyewitness reports of tornadoes, funnel clouds and tree damage.

The NWS warned residents that flying debris can be dangerous to those caught without shelter, and mobile homes could be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles could occur, and tree damage is likely.

Residents in the storms' path are advised to go to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home or vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

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