By Katie Cannon, Senior Multimedia Editor
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A competitor dives off the roof of the Institute of Contempory Art as an airplane takes off from Logan International Airport during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 competition in Boston, Mass., Aug. 20. Boston is the sixth stop on this year's tour and the only urban venue, where divers plunge some 90 feet from the roof of a building into Boston Harbor.
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People embrace on a street damaged yesterday's tornado in Springfield, Mass., Thursday, June 2. Residents of 19 small communities in central and western Massachusetts were left to deal with widespread damage Thursday, one day after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials and residents more accustomed to dealing with snow and bone-chilling cold than funnel clouds spawned by spring storms.
NBC, msnbc.com and news services reports:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Search and rescue efforts continued and some 40,000 utility customers in Massachusetts were still without power on Thursday after tornadoes ripped through communities.
One piece of good news Thursday was that the death toll, initially reported at four, was lowered to three.
Two people were killed in West Springfield and another in Brimfield, authorities said. A Springfield death previously blamed on storms may have been an unrelated heart attack, Gov. Deval Patrick said.
Residents of Springfield, the state's third largest city, as well as 17 smaller communities were dealing with widespread damage. Continue reading.
Here we go again. While Massachusetts is hardly tornado alley, this one was big, as the Nightly News video below illustrates.
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A man talks on his phone near storm damage after a reported tornado struck downtown Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1. An apparent tornado struck downtown Springfield, one of Massachusetts' largest cities, scattering debris, toppling trees, and frightening workers and residents.
Violent thunderstorms exploded across Massachusetts on Wednesday, spawning an apparent tornado in the city of Springfield. No deaths were reported. NBC's Mike Taibbi and The Weather Channel's Chris Warren report.
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Workers clean up the roadway after a tractor trailer carrying ink overturned on the ramp from 128 North to 95 North in Peabody, Mass. on March 9, 2011.
A tractor-trailer hauling industrial printer cartridges rolled over Wednesday morning on a ramp on I-95 North in Peabody,Mass. spewing ink across the roadway, State Police said.
The ramp was shut down for the rest of day as crews cleaned up the mess, then replaced a section of roadway, officials said.
No other vehicles were involved and the truck’s driver was not injured in the accident, which occurred about 6:10 a.m., authorities said. The cause of the accident is under investigation, and it is not known if any citations will be issued.
About 500 feet of the roadway had to be ground down and repaved Wednesday night, said Adam Hurtubise, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.