Tornado in Massachusetts today! it was not only a tornado watch, it was a tornado warning. Closer to Westerns / Central Mass, Stirbridge, Springfield area - there were flipped cars and broken trees.
Here in Boston Metro West area we only had a heavy thunderstorm, with lots of lightening, and heavy rain for about an hour.
I've lived in Iowa for 2 years, luckily it happened to be a two year period with little tornado activity, and it is supposed to by a 6 year cycle, as I was told - 2 years of lots of tornados, 2 years of medium, and 2 years of low.
Safety rules were drilled into us, especially since there were many international students coming from all over the world, were there are no tornado sin the area.
Basic rules for everyone here in MA: if you are inside the building, get away from the windows and resist the urge to watch. Windows break easily, especially if tornado is passing by and tearing down tree branches or even whole trees. Trees in a tornado are like sticks in hands of a toddler, they might break your windows, and fly into the room. It's safer to be in the basement, if you have one, or even in a closet, if there is no basement.
When I was driving home, radio stations kept telling the latest tornado updates, and one dj said: don't stop to take pictures, get to a safe place.
I really liked that comment. Sure, there are already videos in the Internet with latest tornado watch footage, and the authors were not hiding in the basement, that's obvious. But let them have their fame. Besides, AFTER the tornado the sky is really beautiful, with interesting clouds (if it's not too dark and you can still see them). Take the pics AFTER the fact!
Wish everybody to stay safe.