Storm knocks down trees, causes power outages


A fast-moving storm toppled trees into utility lines and knocked out power to nearly 2,200 Berkshire County homes and businesses late Monday afternoon.

By midnight, the county's two electric companies expected to restore service to a large majority of their customers.

The strong cold front that produced high winds and up to an inch of rain also resulted in damage to a home in Lenox and a crushed car in downtown Stockbridge.

Area police had no confirmed reports of storm-related injuries.

Pittsfield was among the hardest hit communities. More than 500 customers of Western Massachusetts Electric Co. were without power at the height of the storm, according to the company website. Dalton, Peru, Cheshire and Lanesborough accounted for another 400 WMECO outages during and after the storm.

National Grid reported on its website more than 800 customers were without power in North and South County, nearly half occurring after the most severe weather blew through the Berkshires.

As for property damage, Lenox police reported a tree fell onto a porch of an East Street home near Lenox Memorial High School. No one was injured, and no major structural damage was reported.

The storm also flooded parts of Main and South streets in downtown Stockbridge, along with knocking down several trees, according to Police Chief Richard Wilcox. He said one of the trees totaled a car of a local business owner parked at the town offices.

The storm also caused trouble for the late afternoon commute, especially for those headed to Berkshire Community College on West Street in Pittsfield. Around 4:20 p.m., a 35-foot section of a defoliated maple tree crashed onto utility wires and fell across the road between Fort Hill Avenue and Churchill Street. City police detoured traffic around the scene for about 90 minutes, until a local tree service removed the wood.

Felled trees temporarily blocked roads in Great Barrington, Richmond, as well as Lenox and Stockbridge, according to local police.

Once the light to moderate rain tapers off by daybreak on today, cooler, drier weather is expected for Wednesday and Thursday.


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