Cape Cod Tornado

Resources and Information for Recovery from the July 23rd Cape Cod Tornadoes and Severe Weather

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Storm Overview

The National Weather Service confirmed that two high end EF-1 tornadoes occurred on Cape Cod Tuesday July 23rd with maximum wind speeds of 110 mph. The damage was a combination of two tornado touchdowns: one in Southeast Barnstable/Yarmouth (5.5 mile path, 250 yards wide, on the ground for 10 mins) and one in Harwich (2.8 mile path, 250 yards wide, on the ground for five minutes), along with extensive straight line wind damage which affected Dennis and West Harwich, as well as Chatham.

Power restoration was substantially completed by 11:59 PM on Thursday, July 25. Debris clearance began immediately after the tornadoes occurred. Additional debris removal teams and equipment have been deployed to the area. The debris removal mission may take up to 30 days.

Recovery Assistance

  • Storm survivors and residents who have questions or any immediate needs can call 2-1-1 for information and to obtain referrals to service agencies as appropriate. 2-1-1 can also assist with for referral services for mental health, emotional support, and crisis counseling for anyone who needs it after the tornado.
  • The emergency shelter in Yarmouth has closed.

Property Damage

If your home or property is damaged, take photos or videos to document your damage, and contact your insurance company. For information and frequently asked questions about disaster insurance claims, review the Disaster Guide for Consumers or contact the Massachusetts Division of Insurance.

Residential/ Private Property Debris

Generally it is the responsibility of private property owners to clear and dispose of debris on their property. Some communities have waived transfer station fees for residents for debris disposal from this incident. Residents should check with local officials for town specific guidance and debris disposal options.

Information for Businesses & Cape Cod Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

If your property is damaged or you have losses, take photos or videos to document your damage and contact your insurance company. Impacted businesses may contact the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce at 508-362-8610 or wendy@capecodchamber.org for business related questions and resources.

The Baker-Polito Administration announced economic support for businesses with a new $1 million emergency loan fund and supplemental funding for a new marketing campaign to bolster the continued recovery of the Cape Cod region following last week’s tornadoes and severe weather, which created substantial damage in seven Cape communities, leaving over 30,000 businesses and private residences without power during the height of its summer season. For details, see the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) website.

Government Response

State, county and local officials continue with recovery operations with a focus on debris management and supporting the needs of communities and their residents.

Taxpayer Filing and Payment Information from Department of Revenue

For taxpayers affected by the recent severe weather event on Cape Cod, the Department recognizes that taxpayers in Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Harwich, Mashpee, Sandwich and Yarmouth might be unable to comply with their filing or payment due dates occurring on or after the date of the event. The Department would like to assist taxpayers as much as possible. Consequently, the Department will waive any penalties associated with any late-filed return or payment that was due on or after July 23, 2019 and before October 31, 2019. The Department will waive penalties through November 15. If any taxpayer in the affected areas receives a penalty for this period, they should reach out to the Department of Revenue at (617) 887-6367.

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Local Information

For local information and resources, residents, businesses, and visitors should check with local government through websites, social media, and non-emergency phones lines.

Additional Information

MEMA Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/MassEMA

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