Tornado Hits Cape Cod as Thunderstorms Break the Heat

YARMOUTH, Mass.—A tornado that tore across Cape Cod has put an exclamation mark on a wave of storms that broke the heat in the Northeast and Midwest.

The National Weather Service says the tornado struck the Massachusetts resort area just after noon Tuesday. It ripped off a hotel roof, toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands during the peak of tourist season.

There were no reports of injuries.

Utilities in New Jersey say around 212,000 homes and businesses didn’t have electricity Tuesday morning. Crews in Michigan were working to reconnect about 100,000 customers who still didn’t have power.

A car is crushed under a large tree
A car is crushed under a large tree, Neptune City, N.J., on July 23, 2019. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)
A tree crashed through a home during a severe storm
A tree crashed through a home during a severe storm, Neptune Township, N.J., on July 22, 2019. (Donald Colarruso/Neptune Township OEM and Special Operations via AP)

Videos posted on social media Monday night showed flooding deep enough to float cars in parts of New York City.

Flooding canceled flights through Tuesday afternoon at the Tweed-New Haven Airport in Connecticut, and a lightning strike set a dorm at private school Choate Rosemary Hall on fire.

A tree leans on the roof of a home
A tree leans on the roof of a home after toppling during a severe a storm, Neptune Township, N.J., on July 22, 2019. (Donald Colarruso/Neptune Township OEM and Special Operations, via AP)
A storm caused significant damage to a neighborhood
A storm caused significant damage to a neighborhood, lifting the trampoline to the local electricity grid, Jenison, Mich., on July 20, 2019. (John Tunison/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
A Yarmouth building department worker
A Yarmouth building department worker surveys the damage to the second floor of the Cape Sands Inn where a tornado touched down ripping off the second floor of the structure, West Yarmouth, Mass., on July 23, 2019. (Steve Heaslip/The Cape Cod Times via AP)