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Storms hit northeast of Franklin County area

Heavy late afternoon thunderstorms were felt most acutely in the north-eastern part of the county Monday, with wires and trees downed in Athol, Orange and Warwick.

The Athol, Orange and Warwick fire departments reported trees and wires down around town but no injuries in the first round of storms, beginning around 4 p.m., but expected fresh storms later in the evening as utility crews worked to restore power.

“We’re just dealing with some closed roads and trying to get power back on in a few spots,” Warwick Fire Department Lt. Bill Lyman said at 7:55 p.m. “We’re hearing that there might be some more winds and thunderstorms coming in.”

Assessments were similar elsewhere.

There were tornado warnings in central Massachusetts, but area fire departments attributed the damage in Franklin County and Athol to thunderstorms.

As of 7:30 p.m., the National Grid website reported 265 of 8,660 Franklin County customers without power, 136 in Orange and 126 in Warwick. In Athol, the utility reported 235 of 5,626 without electricity. The utility estimated power restoration by 9:15 p.m. in Athol and 11:15 p.m. in Orange and Warwick.

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. reported four customers without power at that time in the Franklin County towns it supplies.

Lyman said a car accident that sent one person to the hospital in his town Monday evening was not storm-related, but had little further information.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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