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Tornadoes In Western Massachusetts

Posted by BrittDLD1 on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Looks like it's our turn for nasty weather.  A tornado hit West Springfield and
Springfield a couple hours ago. Trees down, houses flattened, brick buildings
losing their upper stories. 
Not nearly as bad as the South or the Midwest. But people who've lived here
for 50 years say they've not seen weather like this.
Right now Don Borchelt and I are right in the path of a severe "storm-cell"
heading right at us -- about 30 minutes away.  Hopefully, it's just heavy winds,
rain and hail. 
Power is already out, for about 60,000 in Central and Western Mass. The
storm warning is on until 11 pm... If I've got power, and internet, I'll update
this tonight or tomorrow.
Time to find the flashlights and candles...
Wish us luck!  (Scooter... Now you know how I feel, when I see stuff is
heading YOUR way! ;-)
Ed Britt
------------------------------- UPDATE ----------------------------------------
9:35 pm EST -- Looks like we dodged it. (Or rather, IT dodged us!)
I'm only 8 miles from the ocean, and the cooler temps along the coast
suck the power from those types of heat-fed storms.  Huge areas of
severe weather, high winds, and heavy rain, hit the western suburbs...
But watching it real-time, on weather radar -- the cells just kept petering-
out, a couple miles before they hit us.
The rain has already stopped, here. Just the trees dripping, now. No
wind, or lightning.
So far, FOUR people were known to be killed by the storm, out in the
Springfield, MA area.
For those of you who were at Banjo Camp North, in Charlton -- near
Sturbridge. Be grateful it wasn't happening today...
One of the people killed, was in Brimfield, MA -- only about 14 miles
west, on Rt 20.
Thanks be...
Ed Britt

2 comments on “Tornadoes In Western Massachusetts”

kevinwholmes Says:
Thursday, June 2, 2011 @4:08:04 AM

Tornados suck. We saw some pretty amazing video on the internet of the tornado crossing the river to Springfield. Hope you're OK, hope the Big-E site wasn't damaged in West Springfield.

Pat Doyle Says:
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 @8:05:33 AM

The 'youngest' Van Eps made 5 string banjo I have is
dated 1955. This is a 'flush-fret' model.
Pat Doyle

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