Southampton hit hard by Monday’s wind

Hampshire County
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The cleanup is underway after dangerous winds rattled Southampton on Monday. 

“The trees were swaying behind the house,” said Fran Root of Easthampton. “It was really bad.” 

“Constant wind,” said Larry Trinceri. “We have a lot of trees around the property. We were gathered, kind of getting ready, and then boom nothing.” 

The Trinceri family said they lost power Monday afternoon, and they were able to make the best of it with some quality time.  

“My 14-year-old daughter, she was a little nervous, so we got the candles out, played a little Uno and Go Fish, and went to bed early,” said Larry Trinceri Jr.  

Several roads were closed throughout Southampton because of the downed trees and power lines. Police are warning people that if they see a road is closed, do not try and drive on it. It could make for a dangerous situation. Trees can conduct electricity, so you should treat downed branches and wires like they are live and dangerous.  

Root was busy cleaning up a tree that fell on a fence on Mountain View Circle and said he’s always careful to stay away from wires. 

“I won’t touch anything if it’s on the wires,” said Root. “This tree just missed the wires.” 

An Eversource spokesperson told 22News the utility company has brought in extra crews to restore power as quickly as possible, and people should call 911 if there are any downed wires on their property. 

Southampton Police Department-Massachusetts1:41 pm

***TRAFFIC/POWER UPDATE*** Please avoid these roads if you have to travel in town. We have trees, power lines and utility poles down at several location around town. Don’t not attempt to move or drive around police barricades.

  • East Street is closed to thru traffic from 55 East up Whispering Meadow Lane . (Poles and lines down)
  • Strong Road is closed at East Street.
  • All other previously closed roads are now open and clear for travel.

Eversource expects full power restoration in town by 5PM.

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