High winds drop trees, cause outages in WMass

Trees have hit homes, outages number in the hundreds

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Powerful winds took down trees and broke branches, causing scattered power outages across western Massachusetts Tuesday.

A big pine tree fell across East Mountain Road in Westfield just after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. It took DPW crews and a neighbor almost 90 minutes to cut up the tree and reopen the road. Westfield Police Lt. Jay Pitoniak said there had been reports of trees and branches down on Valley View Drive and Jefferson Street.

22News received several reports of trees hitting homes. One homeowner in Springfield’s Old Hill section called to say a neighbor’s tree had fallen and was leaning up against the second floor of his house on Suffolk Street.

Court Street in Westfield (Report-it Photo: Alexa DiMenno)
Report-it Photo from Alexa DiMenno of wind damage in Westfield. Click Here to see more photos >>

Southwick Police dispatcher Keith Stromgren told 22News that trees had come down on both Kline Road and Granaudo Circle. They had blocked those roads for a time, but have been cleared.

There are no reports of any injuries.

The Eversource Energy outage map indicated there were 219 customers without power at about 7:00 p.m. That number was down to 69 by 9:00 O’o’clock.  National Grid’s outage map pegged their outages in the dozens.

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Brian Lapis said there had been a wind gust measured at 50 miles per hour Tuesday afternoon. Lapis said a Wind Advisory is in effect until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday for all four western counties.

Make sure to send us any wind damage photos to reportit@wwlp.com.

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