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Strong Wind Causes Damage & Power Outages

Storm cleanup

LONGMEADOW, Mass (WGGB) — Strong winds early Thursday morning brought down trees and branches, knocking out power to thousands.

Some blocked streets, including Shaker Road in Longmeadow.  Western Mass. Electric was on-scene restoring power after a limb took down lines that started a fire.

Mario Basile at the Longmeadow Country Club heard the sound and saw the light. “Down by our maintenance barn we just see this big flame coming up in the sky. I told Linda I think a transformer got hit, and then next thing you know it everything is dark,” he said.

Mother Nature left her mark on Maple Road too. There was a tree knocked down on Tim Pratt’s front yard.

“The wind picked up really fast I heard a crack and a thud and my power went out and this is what I was left with a big mess here,” said Pratt.

WMECo came earlier today to restore the main wire at Tim Pratt’s home and the town of Londmeadow came to clear the sidewalk.  However, he will still have a bill to pay. 

“The electric work will be in the $700 range and the tree work in the $400 range,” added Pratt.

It also impacted the morning commute. Sara Whitney of East Longmeadow said it took her longer than usual to get to work. “A half hour, 45 minutes, when it usually takes only 7 minutes.”

For Sara and others the evening commute will be easier now that most everything is cleaned up