Severe weather causes outages and tree damage

Lightning in South Deerfield (Report-it Photo: Glenn Wood)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts Electric Company hopes to have power restored to all of its customers by early Thursday morning, according to WMECO spokesman, John O’Toole.

O’Toole told 22News that their repair crews were originally dealing with 40 different trouble spots throughout their service area. Most of the damage and outages were concentrated in the communities of West Springfield, Springfield, Agawam and Southwick.

As of midnight Wednesday, more than 1,300 WMECO customers were without power. Spokesman O’Toole told 22News they hoped to have the remaining 600 or 700 customers back online by 4:00 a.m.

WMECo crews were also working to clear tree branches from Stirling Street in Longmeadow, which was blocking about half the street. WMECO crews there told 22News several tree limbs fell on power lines, so they shut off electricity to that area while working to clear the limbs.

Tree On Powerline Agawam22News had no reports of injuries, but there were several reports of property damage, trees and branches down and wires down.

Wednesday night’s storms marked the third straight day western Massachusetts dealt with severe weather, multiple power outages and downed trees.

The National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties, but they have all been canceled.

Trees were reported down in Springfield, West Springfield, Agawam, and large limbs were down in Westfield as well. DPW crews in all of the above mentioned towns quickly cleared away the storm debris and re-opened roads.

The National Weather Service received reports of the following storm damage in western Massachusetts:

  • 9:50pm: Westfield – Large limbs down on Little River Road
  • 9:58pm: West Springfield – Trees down various streets including Park and Main
  • 9:58pm: West Springfield – Tree down on two cars on Amostown Road
  • 9:58pm: Agawam – Tree down on Route 75
  • 10:00pm: Springfield – Large tree on house at Ambrose Street and wires down on Prospect Avenue and Hunters Place
  • 10:04pm: West Springfield – Large limb down on Route 20
  • 10:06pm: Agawam – Trees down on Silver Street
  • 10:06pm: Agawam – Tree down on wires along north Westfield Street
  • 10:08pm: West Springfield – Trees down on Highland Avenue
  • 10:09pm: Longmeadow – Trees down on Longview Street, and trees and wires down on Franklin Street
  • 10:21pm: Ludlow – Large tree down on Route 21
Clouds over Westfield (Photo Courtesy: Michael Elmer)
Clouds over Westfield (Photo Courtesy: Michael Elmer)

Severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds. It is recommended that you go indoors and stay away from windows. Also, drivers should prepare for low visibility and avoid flooded roads.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued earlier which means conditions are favorable for the formation of severe thunderstorms, though it does not necessarily mean one is imminent.

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