Monday marks four years since a microburst hit Easthampton.
A microburst is a very sudden and powerful localized air current within a thunderstorm that can cause extensive damage, and even be deadly.
The Easthampton microburst was packed with 100-mile-per-hour winds and was a quarter-mile wide. It impacted a mile-long stretch of forest and homes on Mountain Road.
Easthampton resident Pat Kusnierz told 22News she’ll never forget that morning. She awoke to her dog barking to what sounded like multiple 18-wheelers roaring down the street.
“Nothing happened to the house, thank God for that,” she said. “The way the wind came through it must’ve come down the mountain, through the field and in the backyard. It took out our three 200-year old silver maples, roots and all.”
She said by the time she was able to shut all her windows, just a matter of seconds, it was already over.
Other neighbors on Mountain Road had trees toppled down onto their homes and roofs.
Route 141 was impassable for more than a day.
In the end, the October microburst cost more than 400-thousand dollars to clean up.