Storm, tree limbs knock out power

Heavy rains and high winds took out trees and utility wires, sparking a few small fires and leaving isolated pockets of residents without power Thursday morning.

At least 90 Greenfield residents were without power as a result of the storm damage. According to Greenfield police and fire departments, wires were down and burning on River Road, near The Barn, and on Graves Road. There was also a transformer fire on Country Club Road, due to downed wires.

Also, 137 Leyden households lost power, after reports of wires and trees down near Mid-County and Simon Keets roads. A tree and wires were down on the Gill side of the French King Bridge, Route 2, at around 9 a.m., according to Shelburne State Police, who sent a cruiser to assist Gill responders.

About 20 households in Montague Center’s Chestnut Hill region were without power as of Thursday morning.

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said that about 3,420 customers were affected by storm-related outages at the height of the storm, around 7 a.m. As of 3 p.m. Thursday, power was restored to all but 300 customers. Ress said the power was expected to be restored to all by Thursday evening.

“All the damage was caused by trees,” said Ress.

Ress said crews were still working in Greenfield and Leyden, and that WMECO hoped to restore power by later in the afternoon.

National Grid reported on its website that 7,768 customers were affected by outages, but that by 1 p.m., 393 remained without power, including about eight people in the Orange area.

Howling high winds and whipping rain caused power outages across the state.

The state’s major utilities reported a combined 16,000 customers without power just after noon Thursday, down from 38,000 earlier in the day.

The state experienced high winds and heavy rain in the early morning hours that toppled trees and utility poles, and ripped the roofs off schools in Raynham and Fall River before the start of the school day.

No injuries were reported.

Winds were gusting higher than 50 miles per hour in some places, with the Blue Hills Observatory outside Boston reporting an 81 mph gust at 6:33 a.m.

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