Hundreds of residents in two Hampshire County towns were without power early Tuesday afternoon following Monday’s extreme winds.
More than 1,000 people were without power in Worthington and Chesterfield, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s power outage map.
The map reported 99 percent of both towns were without power Tuesday afternoon.
In Chesterfield, 687 people were without power while in Worthington 713 people reported an outage.
Winds were so strong Monday night they pulled entire trees out of the ground, which damaged houses across the town. Without power, Chesterfield doesn’t have access to water.
Many people used generators to keep electricy on while others used fireplaces to make it through the cold night. Robert Jedd said, “Thankfully a wood stove, thankfully a wood stove for myself or ourseleves. Thankfully nothing fell down in our immediate neighborhood which was good but unfortunatuly it wasn’t that way for everybody.”
Chesterfield residents have spent most of the afternoon on Tusday cleaning up after the wind storm damaged much of the town and many of the residents came together to help each other pick up.
Residents told 22News that conditions like this are expected when you live in the hill towns.
But, It’s important to be prepared for this kind of weather by stocking up on food, water, and wood.