AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — A burst of damaging weather Monday in Agawam as strong winds tore along the Westfield River.
Here on this dead-end street – Hunt Street – which backs to the Westfield River, the damage is clearly visible. Trees torn up, branches down, and about a dozen cars damaged or destroyed.
They belong to workers at the Agawam Corporate Center, who had a front row seat to Mother Nature’s fury.
Full grown trees torn and splintered, and their trunks stretched across lines of cars and trucks. One was ripped right out of the ground – roots and all – just feet away from the facility.
“I came out of the bathroom and then I saw some tables flying through the air and some umbrellas flying thorough the air and I knew it wasn’t just a regular thunderstorm we were having. I knew something else was going on,” says Doreen White with Cambridge Credit Counseling.
The storm blew through right around noon, and while there’s no word yet as to exactly what caused the damage, the burst seemed to follow the Westfield River along Meadow Street, ending up here in this cul-de-sac that serves as a parking lot for employees.
“We have huge floor to ceiling conference windows and we could see the whole thing and it literally happened in five minutes. It was just “Wow it’s really raining. Wow it’s really blowing. Wow everything is blowing sideways” and then tree limbs started flying. We lost at least five cars out here. I only lost a back window. I’m very fortunate but I have two fellow employees that…maybe three to four that look like severe damage,” adds Peter Brunault from the Employers Association of the Northeast.
Agawam Fire and Police quickly cordoned off the area after determining there were no downed power lines.
About a quarter mile away on Main Street, this tree snapped in half, causing a brief hazard across the road until crew pushed it back up into a front yard.
Amazingly, despite all the damage to property, no injuries were reported, but certainly plenty of frayed nerves.
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