Saturday September 8, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 17-minute tornado warning issued for the Egremont area Saturday afternoon raised a few eyebrows, but not much else, according to the National Weather Service and emergency responders in Berkshire County.

Ray O'Keefe, a meteorologist in the Albany office of the National Weather Service, said a fast-moving system of high winds and heavy rain moved through the area during the late afternoon and early evening Saturday.

Radar patterns indicated the possibility of a tornado touching down in Egremont, he said, but it dissipated quickly. The tornado warning was issued at 5:44 p.m. and lifted at 6:01 p.m.

He noted that there were some trees down, but no major damage has been reported.

Pittsfield police reported some minor street flooding and the fire department responded to two reports of trees down.

"We've seen some pretty high winds come through with this storm," O'Keefe said, noting that in 45 minutes, Pittsfield received about 0.75 inches of rain.

Because there has been so little rain recently, and because the storm swept through so quickly, there is little chance of any significant flooding, he added.

"It's been so dry, this amount of rain is not likely to be a troublemaker in terms of flooding," O'Keefe said.

The forecast for Sunday is clear and sunny with a high of 72 degrees.

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