Storms bring heavy lightning, but little damage

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Heat and humidity have helped bring strong and severe thunderstorms to western Massachusetts.

All Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were canceled around 9:00 p.m., but frequent lightning is still a major safety concern for areas east of Interstate 91 especially. At times earlier this evening over 1,000 lightning strikes showed up on radar within 5 minutes.

The good news is the worst is over with, but you should still remain in a sturdy building if you can hear thunder as the lightning can be deadly.

Some scattered damage has been reported to 22News. Some parts of Goshen, Williamsburg, Hatfield and Holyoke have reported trees or limbs down.

Showers and storms could continue through the night, tapering off to just a few lingering showers early Thursday morning.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties has also been canceled.

As a result of the severe weather threat, the East Longmeadow Rotary Club postponed the scheduled concert for the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Changes in Latitudes to Thursday night.

With the risk of severe weather, be sure to stay with 22News and WWLP.com for the latest information on any warnings that could be issued. Also, be sure to check out the latest 22News Storm Team Forecast to find out what to expect over the next few days.

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