Berkshires unscathed during stormy afternoon

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Almost all of Berkshire County was under severe weather warnings Tuesday afternoon, including for the possibility of tornadoes, but by 8:30 p.m., there were no reports of storm damage, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.

"It looks like all but the middle sliver had some sort of a warning," meteorologist Evan Heller said about Berkshire County.

As a whole, Berkshire County was under a tornado watch during the afternoon, but only the southwest portion of the county was issued a warning, Heller said.

A warning means that a severe thunderstorm has produced a tornado.

The tornado warning was issued for an area that included Sheffield and Ashley Falls, he said.

Heller said he didn't receive a report of a tornado touching down in Berkshire County, but if one occurred, it was likely across the border, in Litchfield, Conn.

The thunderstorms were caused by a cold front and "strong vertical wind shear" that passed through the county into Albany, according to Heller.

"We're going to be fine," Heller said Tuesday evening. "The weather's going to improve. The worst is over."

On Wednesday, the temperature will reach the upper 50s in higher elevations and the mid- to upper 60s in lower elevations. For Thursday, it will be mostly in the 70s.

"It's going to be dry with some sunshine," Heller said.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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