Gov. Patrick to mark tornado anniversary


Gov. Deval Patrick is heading to western and central Massachusetts on Friday to tour a tornado recovery site and to attend a ceremony commemorating the passage of one year since a devastating storm destroyed lives and livelihoods in the region.

The Democratic governor is scheduled to tour a recovery site in Monson, before heading to West Springfield to dedicate a garden in memory of those killed in rare Massachusetts tornadoes.

Four tornadoes touched down last June, destroying or damaging 1,400 houses and 78 businesses in western and central Massachusetts. Three people died as a result of the storm.

Monson, with a population of 8,500, received one of the storm’s biggest blows when a twister with 160 mph wind gusts touched down in the heart of its downtown.

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