Federal disaster officials said they plan to open nine assistance centers in the regions of Massachusetts affected by tornadoes.

The disaster recovery centers in Hampden and Worcester counties could be open as soon as Saturday and will primarily be set up to provide aid and information to residents and business owners who suffered losses.

The state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a $15 million bill to cover the state costs associated with tornado damage and cleanup.

State officials said the total cost of the damage so far in terms of the 8,200 claims filed with insurance companies has reached $140 million and could go higher.

There are also 3,200 claims totaling $15 million for cars.

The June 1 tornadoes were blamed for three deaths and the destruction of 200 buildings. (AP)

Feds Opening Tornado Aid Centers In Mass.

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