Hello Everyone- I'm sure you are well-aware of the tornados that started in the city of Springfield, Mass and travelled east about 20-30 miles through rural towns, etc across southern Massachusettes. While I understand most everyone's attention is on the Jolpin scene right now (and understandably so), I please ask that you take a moment to view these photos and consider donating to the Massachusettes Red Cross to help people affected by these nasty tornados'. i know there are several HAMBers here who were directly affected or have family members who are directly affected. These photos are from the Wales/Monson/Brimfield Area of Massachussetts where the tornado turned to an F-3, and could potentially be ranked HIGHER by the national weather service, and was about 3/4 of a mile wide. One person was killed in Brimfield, 4 killed in total. My brother took these photos yesterday when he got the call to bring chain saws to help rescue crews get to houses and barns that where 1000 feet off the road. The Tornado ripped through entire forests chopping them down like a lawn mower vs. grass. The sights are literally breathtaking and saddening. Entire houses are gone, barns are wiped off the map, cars are crushed liek matchboxes, roofs have collapsed. etc. A co-workers friend who lived across the street ran to hide in the basement. Her entire house disappeared above her and she woke up laying in the street. She is fine with bumps and bruises. While this isn;t the F5 that hit Joplin this is devastating to this area as we rarely get tornados if this magnitude. We have no sirens, or alerts other than what we see on tv and hear on radio is its amazing that more people were not killed. All are thankful for that; but the devastation is mind boggling. Stay with me as i have many photos to share To donate please follow these instructions: The MA Red Cross asks people to donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief by clicking, texting or calling: Click on REDCROSS.org to make any size donation, Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, Call 1800 RED CROSS to make any size donation.