County pummeled by thunderstorms two days in a row
The county was hammered by another round of thunderstorms Thursday evening, knocking down trees, blocking roads and cutting off power in several towns.
Thursday’s storm marked the second in two days. Crews worked through the night and into Thursday afternoon cleaning up after Wednesday’s afternoon storm and restoring power to residents of several towns.
Thursday’s reports of storm damage began again around 8 p.m. Dispatchers throughout the county were flooded with incoming emergency calls.
Firefighters were dispatched to Great Pines Drive in Shutesbury for a house reportedly struck by lightning and set on fire. The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and the house was left with a flooded basement, according to the website Fireground360.
Trees were downed on major roads including Route 47 in Sunderland, and a tree was reportedly struck by lightning and set on fire on South Deerfield’s River Road.
Sunderland saw several roads blocked by trees, including Silver Lane and Hadley Road, Fireground360 reported.
The site also reported trees down on wires in Deerfield, Leverett, Whately, Erving, Orange and Conway. It also reported storm damage and outages in several Hampshire and Hampden county towns.
The southern towns appeared have the most extensive power outages, according to outage maps provided by Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and National Grid.