Cape Cod hit by rare tornado

Reports of downed trees, power lines, no injuries

By Theresa Waldrop, CNN
Courtesy of Dr. Beach

(CNN) - Cape Cod was hit by two rare tornadoes Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

There were reports of downed trees and power lines but no known injuries, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency spokesman Christopher Besse said.

More than 50,000 customers were without power as of 6 p.m. ET, energy company Eversource said.

Of the 1,253 tornadoes that the United States has on average each year, Massachusetts sees only one, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; only Alaska and Rhode Island average none.

Video from CNN affiliate WHDH showed extensive damage to the Cape Sands Inn in West Yarmouth. Megan McGuire, who told the affiliate that she and her mother took shelter between beds at the inn, said she'd never seen anything like it in the 24 years she's been vacationing on Cape Cod.

"It was shocking," McGuire said.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that two tornadoes with a "high end" EF1 rating, each with a maximum wind speed of 110 miles per hour.

One tornado touched down in Harwich and one in the area of Southeast Barnstable and Yarmouth, the National Weather Service said. Harwich has declared a local state of emergency.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told reporters said crews are doing assessments.

"It is a miracle that there was no significant personal injury," she said.

CNN's Taylor Ward, Rebekah Riess and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.

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