New Marlborough has declared a state of emergency

Sunderland and Whately were also damaged

Sunderland (Report-it Photo: Jennifer West)

(WWLP) – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is investigating weather damage in several western Mass. towns after severe weather passed through Thursday night.

New Marlborough has declared a state of emergency, although MEMA says they haven’t received any major reports at this time, and haven’t sent anyone down yet.

In Sunderland, Police Chief Jeffrey Gilbert told 22News that a funnel cloud was reported around 8:30 Thursday night that caused damage. Houses and buildings were not damaged but trees and poles were.

Chief Gilbert said a number of residents called and reported seeing the funnel cloud. MEMA says no real tornado activity was in that area. Also, the National Weather Service told 22News that the damage in Sunderland was “straight line wind damage,” not tornadic.

In Whately, MEMA Spokesperson Peter Judge, said a number of trees were down and roads were blocked. Whately has not asked for assistance, but MEMA is heading down there anyway to investigate the area, and determine what sort of assistance might be needed.

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