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Stormy Weather Caused Some Damage and Outages

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A storm rolled through Western Mass. right now and with it came rain, thunder, lightning and wind.

In Springfield a lightning strike hit a camper at about 7:30 p.m. which caused a fire to start at a nearby shed.

“Lighting struck an aluminum camper at 26 Flora and went sideways and bounced off the camper and hit the shed and caught that on fire,” explains Dennis Leger aid to the city’s Fire Commissioner.

While Leger says no one was injured in the incident and the camper was not damaged,  he does estimate damage to the shed at about $10,000.

Over in Ludlow the storm caused a tree to go down blocking the eastbound side at the intersection of Holyoke and West Streets for a short time.  It hit a truck when it fell and caused some damage to the vehicle, but no one was injured in that incident either.

That’s according to the Ludlow Police Department which reports the DPW went and removed the tree from the roadway.

The storm also caused some scattered power loss.  WMECo is currently reporting some small outages in Huntington, Montgomery, Southampton and West Springfield.

For West Springfield, a WMECo rep. told us that the power outage was due to a piece of equipment being hit by lightning.   As of 10:30 p.m. Monday only 14 customers there still had no electricity.

National Grid is also reporting power out to a number of customers in Hampden, Wilbraham and Charlemont.

In Chicopee a large outage occurred in the Burnett road area due to a line that came down knocking out power to customers in that area.

“We have had a few other scattered power outages due to the lightning storm that came through, so they may be out for a while, but they’re not major outages.  We have crews out there right now repairing those lines,” explains Jeffrey Cady who’s with Chicopee Electric Light.

About an hour ago Mayor Bissonnette reported on his Facebook Page about outages happening in the city saying, “Montgomery and Burnett area are out as well as other spots. Lightning strike. Crews called in and are on it. No promises but we know the Bruins are on shortly…..crews assessing situation.”

Then he went on to say, “Couple direct hits and lines down on Granby Rd. Hoping for bypass of problems if major equipment replacement is needed–sometimes they can move circuits/areas to other power feeds when it can’t be fixed quickly. Will know more soon.”

Earlier, the stormy weather hit the Berkshires first before it came to Western Mass.   During that time a resident we spoke to reported that hail was falling.   Currently about 300 people in Berkshire County are without power at this time.

Shed Fire

Shed Damaged from Lightning Strike in Springfield (Courtesy Dennis Leger)

Stormy Weather in Ludlow

Stormy Weather in Ludlow

ABC40 will continue to follow this storm and we’ll update this story as new information emerges.



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