Thousands of Berkshire County residents were without power Tuesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the region with strong winds and heavy rains.
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, more than 2,200 Eversource customers remained without power across the Berkshires. Communities still facing numerous outages include Sandisfield and Washington, both of which reported hearly half the town still in the dark. Otis and Lee had nearly 300 outages each, and Hinsdale and Becket hovered around 200.
National Grid, which reported several hundred outages in southern Berkshire County on Tuesday night, had restored many of those customers. Scattered outages, for a total of less than 100, remained on Wednesday morning in Southern Berkshire, and a handful of Northern Berkshire customers also remained out.
The areas surrounding Stockbridge and New Marlborough appear to have been hit particularly hard with outages beginning around 2 and 3 p.m. and lasting more than a few hours.
Winds gusting up to nearly 50 mph and torrential rains brought down trees, power lines and caused flooding in streets Tuesday as the storm battered Berkshire County. Some of the hardest hit areas included Hinsdale, Becket, Lanesborough, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge and New Marlborough, according to power outage maps from National Grid and Eversource.
The rainfall accumulation for Berkshire County was estimated to be between 1.25 and 1.75 inches and wind gusts as high as 46 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.
Hinsdale saw over 25 downed trees and many outages, including a department substation, according to the town’s volunteer fire department.
In North Adams, reports of downed trees and power lines came in from all over the city, said Lt. Brent Lefebvre of the North Adams Fire Department.
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This story has been amended to update power outages and to correct the name of North Adams Fire Department Lt. Brent Lefebvre.