GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - When you see a tornado warning, like we did Wednesday night in Franklin County, it sends many residents heading for shelter.
22News spoke with a few people today who say they weren't taking any chances when they heard the warnings.
Most residents said they felt relieved after the storm passed, but know that the New England weather has a way of changing quickly.
The rain came down hard and there were reports of hail and tornadic activity that had people concerned.
"Yea we planned to go to the basement and my parents were trying to get a… like a bag together for stuff that we need and trying to get our stuff together that we really need for the storm just in case," said Elizabeth Davis of Greenfield.
Chad Champoux of Greenfield told 22News today that he was in Springfield when multiple tornadoes hit in 2011. Now he pays close attention to any severe weather warnings that are broadcasted.
"There's always just a lot of energy when a storm comes through but with the tornado warning it was like…okay maybe I'll just stay here for a little bit."
This latest severe storm dissipated within minutes leaving some flooding and house fires in its wake. For residents working indoors like Michael Hathaway they were listening intently to the weather alerts until the end.
Michael Hathaway, of East Hampton said, "I was definitely relieved to know. We waited until the brink of the storm was over, and then I headed back to my house. But it was definitely kind of scary hearing that."