Severe weather causes damage throughout WMass

Over 8,000 people were left in the dark

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – For a second day in a row, western Massachusetts residents had to deal with heavy rain, thunderstorms, power outages and tree damage.

In Hampshire County, there have been several reports of tree and power line damage. 22News drove around the area, monitoring the impact of the weather.

In Northampton and Florence, police and fire officials are dealing with at least 20 incidents of tress fallen on power lines or homes.

Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Jon Davine told 22News the National Grid crews, building inspectors and his own firefighters were out and about assessing damage and trying to restore power.

Near South Street, a big tree fell on live power lines, causing damage, and on Ellington Road in Florence, a tree fell on a house. Deputy Chief Davine said there are no serious injuries and all the damage to homes have been minor.

22News spoke with the Ellington Rd. homeowner who at first thought lightning had struck nearby. Charles Thime said, “Blew pictures off the walls and looking outside there was a tree that had fallen on top of the house. And the end result is what happened. You know, kind of frightening but luckily nobody’s hurt. We didn’t lose power.”

Further east in Hampshire County in Hadley, a massive tree fell in the Hadley Village Shops parking lot. That tree knocked power out to that shopping plaza temporarily but caused no damage.

22News spoke with a delivery driver who said he’s been incredibly busy this rainy night. He said he could see when the storm was rolling in to this region. Adam Kokonowski said, “The wind started to pick up and as the storm moved in toward like the Amherst area, there was a huge band of lightning across the whole sky. It was pretty impressive for a storm.”

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