SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A powerful coastal storm late Wednesday night into Thursday morning caused significant damage in parts of Springfield.
In the Forest Park neighborhood, the winds were so strong they completely uprooted a large tree, causing it to land right on top of a car on Bellevue Avenue. The 22News Storm Team is reporting that peak wind gusts reached 51 mph.
The owner of the vehicle did not want to speak with us on camera, but a neighbor who saw the tree fall on the car said they heard a tearing sound that was too loud to be thunder.
“It sounded as if you ripped a plant out with a bunch of roots, kind of sounded like this tearing sound it was too loud and too low to be thunder,” said Gabriel Valdez of Springfield. “I didn’t hear a crash, I didn’t come out though because it was still so windy I didn’t know what else would come down.”
Damage was not limited to Springfield, with trees falling on homes and cars in communities across western Massachusetts.