ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Storm damage is being reported across Franklin County.
According to the Orange Police Department Facebook page, wires and trees are down in various parts of the town. They’re urging residents to stay off the roads until some of the damage is cleaned up.
There’s also a widespread power outage.
According to National Grid’s Outage Map, at one point, more than 1,400 people in Athol and nearly 400 people in Orange were without power after severe thunderstorms moved through the area Tuesday afternoon.
National Grid spokesperson Paula Haschag told 22News crews were in the area, assessing the situation.
She said there’s significant damage, and how quickly power is restored will depend on how quickly the damage can be cleaned up.
Orange is located in the northeast part of Franklin County near Athol. Communities around Orange are also experiencing power outages.
Orange residents told 22News they heard loud rain and hail, and police urged residents to stay off the roads due to multiple downed poles and trees throughout town.
One resident said the towns department of public works spent 45 minutes trying to free his car from underneath downed branches across from city hall.
“When we were in the meeting for sure you could tell there was really heavy rain. We went up to the window and we could tell there was hail going on,” Kevin Kennedy told 22News. The meeting was going on, and then a bunch of guys ran in and said a big tree just fell on top of some cars.”
The Orange fire department said they have been receiving numerous calls for service, and have called in mutual aid to help with the demand after this storm.