How tropical storms and hurricanes impact us in western Massachusetts

Tropical Storm Irene caused major flooding in Shelburne Falls in 2011

This WWLP file image from 2011 shows the raging Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls during Tropical Storm Irene

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – While we enjoyed another beautiful fall day here in western Massachusetts, Hurricane Matthew is slowly moving through the Caribbean towards the Bahamas and is forecast to track towards Florida and the Mid Atlantic coast this weekend.

While it is now expected to stay off to our south and east, for a time it did look like it was on a patch that could have affected us here in New England. 

“I’ve only lived in the area five years when we heard a hurricane was coming we would panic and make sure we had everything and nothing ever happened so I’m not really nervous about it,” said Chris Rich from Longmeadow.

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The last time a tropical storm or hurricane really affected was five years ago. One of the worst impacts we experience here in western Massachusetts is with flooding. 

“I do remember Irene and that was pretty devastating for the area for sure.. I think the wind damage and the flooding that occurred with it,” said Steve Spagna from Springfield.

Tropical Storm Irene caused major flooding in Shelburne Falls along the Deerfield River.

Hurricane Bob hit in 1991 and caused significant damage on Cape Cod.

In 1985 Hurricane Gloria caused significant flooding and wind damage.

We are now past the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season which comes to an end on November 30th.

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