(WWLP) – You might’ve heard some of the severe thunderstorms that struck western Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon into evening hours.
In Springfield, roads began flooding downtown earlier in the evening. At times, the heavy rain made for pretty poor visibility, and there were times where drivers pulled over on the highway when it got difficult to see through the rain.
There were, of course, loud cracks of thunder, and our Westfield sky cam caught quite the bolt of lightning.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued just after 2 p.m. and severe thunderstorm warnings quickly followed. 22News went to Plain Street in Easthampton where severe storms with damaging wind gusts and lightning toppled trees in isolated areas of the city.
Damage is not widespread as you drive through Easthampton. It was mostly leaves and smaller debris on roads driving toward Hampshire County. However, certain spots in Easthampton were hit hard. A lightning strike caused a fire on a power line on Plain Street, according to Easthampton Police.
“Apparently there was a lightning strike and it lit the pole and lines on fire…There was a small explosion and it set the pole on fire, the fire burned itself out,” said Detective Sgt. Mark Popielarczyk of the Easthampton Police Department.
Hundreds of homes across the Easthampton and Southampton area were without power. Police warned of downed trees wired and trees throughout the town.
The areas affected by storm damage in Southampton include Strong Road, Pleasant Street, Valley Road, Coleman Road, and East Street. Police urged drivers to travel with caution and not to approach downed wires.
Additional storm damage reports across western Massachusetts:
- 7:31 PM: South Ashfield: Large tree, utility pole and wires down at West Road and Steady Lane
- 7:31 PM: West Ashfield: Large tree and wires down with one utility cross arm knocked down and two other utility poles across arms damaged along Buckland Road
- 7:31 PM: South Shirkshire: Trees and wires down blocking the road at Pine Hill and Shelburne Falls Road
Remember, with a severe storm wind gusts are at least over 60 miles per hour. So that’s why some large trees are down and why we have those outages.
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