Severe thunderstorms roll through WMass

(WWLP) – Severe thunderstorm warnings for southern Berkshire County and southwestern Hampshire County, and western Hampden County have all been allowed to expire.

Photo of lightning strike lighting up the night sky Courtesy: 22News reporter Tamara Sacharczyk
Photo of lightning strike in Westfield lighting up the night sky
Courtesy: 22News reporter Tamara Sacharczyk

Storm damage has been reported in the Berkshire County towns of Lee and Lenox, with trees down on East Street in Lee and a snapped utility pole in Lenox.

At 8:44 p.m. EDT Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm was located near Blandford or 12 miles northwest of Westfield and was moving southeast at 35 mph.

Some locations impacted include Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Agawam, West Springfield, Ludlow, South Hadley, Easthampton, Southwick, Granby, Southampton, Huntington, Russell, Westhampton, Granville, Chester, Blandford and Chesterfield.

Hazards include 60 mph wind gusts, frequent lightning, heavy rain and quarter size hail. Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding and trees.

Locations impacted by this severe thunderstorm include Tyringham, Mahkeenac Shores, New Lenox, Lenox Dale, the center at Lenox, Barkerville, Becket Center, and Lenox Station.

At 8:30 p.m. EDT National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Becket or 14 miles southeast of Pittsfield, moving east at 35 mph.

Hail up to the size of dimes and wind gusts up to 50 mph can be expected with this storm.

Locations impacted include: Westfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Easthampton, Southwick, Southampton, Huntington, Russell, Westhampton, Granville, Chester, Blandford, Worthington, Montgomery and Middlefield.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

Frequent cloud to ground lightning was occurring with this storm. For your safety, go inside or in a vehicle. Stay away from open areas such as ball fields, golf courses and parks. Wait at least 30 minutes after the storm ends to resume outdoor activities.

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