Conway declares “State of Emergency” after destructive storms

Saturday night's storm caused damage in several towns

CONWAY, Mass. (WWLP) – The Franklin County town of Conway declared a “State of Emergency” after powerful storms destroyed at least one home and brought down hundreds of trees Saturday night.

As of 2:00 p.m. Sunday, according to the Eversource Energy Outage Website, 50% of the electricity customers in Conway and Goshen were without power.

A message to 22News from Conway Select Board Chairman John O’Rourke and Emergency Incident Commander Robert Baker read as follows:

“The Town of Conway experienced an undetermined weather event in multiple areas of town last night (Saturday).  The Town declared a State of Emergency at 9pm.

Our foremost concern now and for the next several days is for our residents’ well-being and the safe return to their homes. There were no major injuries or loss of life, however we have multiple homes damaged, many at a total loss along with hundreds of downed trees.  Electricity, cable and phone remain out to most of the town.

Crews from Mass Emergency Management, Dept of Conservation Resources, Franklin County and all utilities are on the scene working to restore power and roads and inspect homes.

Please stay away from impacted areas of town and downed wires, especially Pumpkin Hollow, Whately Road. Route 116 is still closed.  We will not be activating a shelter at this time.”

Saturday night’s storm moved across western Massachusetts and caused damage in several towns in Franklin and Berkshire counties. Some residents speculated that a tornado must have touched down.  The National Weather Service will dispatch trained weather observers to determine what kind of weather event caused the destruction in Conway.

One viewer reported to 22News that the Pumpkin Hollow barn had been flattened in Conway, but across the street there was no visible damage. Another viewer reported downed trees and power outages.

Eversouce says that the power is out for over 700 people in Conway.

Here’s a look at photos sent in through our Report It feature showing the extent of the damage.