Storm knocked down trees, knocked out power to thousands in Orange

Strong storms moved through Franklin County Tuesday

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – The lights have been steadily coming back on for people living in parts of Franklin and Worcester County following Tuesday night’s storm.

As many as 2,000 people were without power in Orange and Athol at one point, as thunderstorms moved through the region. Power has been restored to a majority of those customers, with the number of residents without electricity down to about 200 during the early morning, and only 68 by 10:30 A.M.

Residents on Summer Street in Orange were among those still without power Wednesday morning, where a tree fell on top of a house.

Residents say the storm came in and was gone within 15 minutes. One homeowner told 22News he was home at the time of the storm. He said this tree fell onto his roof making his entire house shake.

“I just seen the wind just whipping, the tree coming by, I mean it looked like it was going 70 miles per hour. It was blowing my pictures off the wall it was going really fast. Then, I felt this tree right here fall on my roof and it just shook my house, at first I didn’t realize it was the tree, so I thought there was a tornado actually shaking my house, it was blowing that hard,” Alex Robideau of Orange said.

Another tree came down, ripping cables off a house. By noontime Wednesday, power was restored to nearly everyone.