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Electrical storms Monday evening cause power outages

A few hundred homes, primarily in Hatfield, remained without power Monday evening after heavy electrical storms passed over Hampshire County around 5 p.m.

“About 500 customers were affected by the weather that moved through tonight,” said Theresa Gilbert, a spokeswoman for Western Massachusetts Electric Co.

Gilbert said most of the more than 200,000 customers who receive electricity from the utility company never lost power.

By 9 p.m., the number of customers without power was down to 150, with crews nearing completion of repairing downed lines on Depot Road in Hatfield.

Just 145 of 30,781 National Grid customers in Hampshire County were without power Monday night, and spokeswoman Jackie Barry said she was not aware of any crews dispatched to communities served by the utility, including Northampton.

Wires came down in the area of Florence Road and Scanlon Avenue during the storm, according to Northampton police.

The University of Massachusetts, which produces its own power, sustained what spokesman Edward Blaguszewski described as “power bumps” during the storm, causing brief disruptions in service.

“I’m unaware of major power outages,” Blaguszewski said.

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