Photos: State Police release aerial photos showing destruction in Brimfield, Monson after deadly tornado

Gov. Deval Patrick says the National Weather Service has now confirmed at least three tornadoes were responsible for the severe damage caused in western and central Massachusetts.

The governor briefed reporters on Thursday at the headquarters of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in Framingham. He returned after touring devastated areas by air and on the ground.

Patrick says the state of emergency has been narrowed to eight or nine communities that suffered the most extensive damage. Plymouth County is no longer under a state of emergency as of Thursday afternoon.

Among the hardest hit was West Springfield, where Patrick said 88 homes or buildings are considered total losses. The governor says some 290 people remain in emergency shelters around the state – about half as many who sought shelter immediately after the storms.


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Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.