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      Tornado touches down in Worcester

      Worcester is cleaning up after a tornado touched down there at about 8 p.m. Sunday.The tornado hit the southern part of the city, near the intersection of Routes 146 and 290. This is the Grafton Hill and Vernon Hill neighborhoods of Worcester.

      A survey team from the National Weather Service has determined that the tornado was an EF0, which is the least severe twister.{} This corresponds to wind speeds of approximately 85 MPH. According to the NWS there was a well-defined narrow path of damage that extended northeastward for nearly 1.7 miles, passing just east of Saint Vincent Hospital and ending on Gordon Street.

      The storm was on the ground for only about 4 minutes. Much of the damage was done to trees, some were uprooted, and others were snapped in half. Property damage was reported when trees landed on some of the houses. A few windows were blown out, others broken by branches hitting them.The tornado even ripped up the astroturf at the Worcester Academy soccer field. And a soccer goal wound up wedged in a tree.But there have been no reports of injuries.NBC 10's Mario Hilario is surveying the damage in Worcester and will report live on NBC 10 at Noon.{}