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Stormy Weather Causes Damages, Lightning Strikes Home in Westfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Rain, wind, and lightning is rumbling through tonight here in Western Mass. as well as Connecticut damaging trees, power lines, and even an apartment building in Westfield.

Earlier a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was put into effect for Berkshire County, Franklin County, Hampden County and Hampshire County until 9:00 p.m. this evening.

There was also a Tornado Warning issued for Berkshire County until about 5:30 p.m. that’s when the storm started to track south and east towards Conn.

So we sent a crew just over the border traveling to the North Western part of Conn. and they found downed trees, downed telephone poles, leaves all over the road and even hail.

“Hitting the windshield, thought it was going to break, very scary,” said Sarah Allen, Falls Village Conn.

“Well there was a lot of lightening and then the hail started coming in and about half way in we heard a pretty big crash,” said Dan O”Donnell, Falls Village, Conn.

Back here in Western Mass. just before 7:15 p.m. tonight a multi-family home in Westfield was struck by lightning causing the chimney to explode.

According to the Westfield Police Department electrical wiring coming from the street into the building was damaged as well.  Power was lost to the second floor of the home and authorities believe the lightning also tripped breakers in the home.

Police say there were tenants inside at the time but no one was injured.

ABC40 spoke with one of those tenants tonight who saw the whole thing happen.

“I was on the back porch, talking on the phone, and I heard a loud bang, I saw sparks flying, I saw concrete, I saw bricks flying onto the drive way. My kids and I came outside and saw that the chimney was in the driveway,” says Gina Aseeta who lives in the multi-family home.

While the severe weather has tapered down there is still some lighting and rain occurring at this hour.

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