GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A night of severe weather, with the potential for tornados, put residents in Franklin County on alert.
Residents were forced to ride-out a nasty storm that had them hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.
After seeing the destruction in Oklahoma , and remembering what happened in western Mass. on June 1st of 2011 , people in Franklin County told 22News they feel fortunate.
The air was hot, the skies grew dark, people in Franklin County started paying attention.
"I think I do pay more attention to the weather that we're going to get," said Ron Linder who was visiting Greenfield from West Springfield.
Wednesday's weather brought to Franklin County a severe storm with strong wind, golf ball-sized hail, and rotation that had the potential to develop into a tornado.
22News talked to a woman who was eating a community meal at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield when the storm came through. They heard about how severe it was, and the decision was made to huddle everybody in the basement.
"I didn't know anything about this until I got in the church at 5:30 and then somebody was talking about it, and then they announced for us to go downstairs," said Regina Osciak of Greenfield.
There was no tornado, but Mother Nature left it's mark; flooded storm drains, flooding on the Mohawk Trail, and in Shelburne, a lightning strike that caused a house fire. The strike split a tree in half, traveled along the ground, and went into the attic of the home. The family was not hurt.
"They were coming home and they pulled up in the driveway and noticed flames on the outside of the house. They wanted to go in, but there was no power and they couldn't make phone calls, so it was basically passer-byes that called it in," said Terry Dunn, the Public Information Officer for Incident Management.
22News hasn't been able to confirm how many people live in that home, but it's at least a mom and her adult children. They're being helped by the Red Cross .
If you have any photos of the storm or some damage it may have caused, you can send those to us at Reportit@WWLP.com .