Storm topples trees, cuts power, closes roads, schools in Pioneer Valley

  • Wednesday night's high winds brought down leaves, twigs and branches, including this heavy limb at 69 Cleveland Ave. in Holyoke. SUBMITTED PHOTO/Stephen Fay—

Staff Writer
Published: 10/17/2019 8:41:18 AM

A nor’easter that blew through the region overnight on Wednesday has left several streets closed Thursday morning due to storm damage. The National Weather Service warns that high winds are expected to continue until 6 p.m. and may cause further damage.

Northampton

The portion of Jackson Street between Prospect and Barrett streets is shut down due to storm damage, and Jackson Street Elementary School is closed for the day.

Trees and wires are down on Jackson Street, said Northampton police officer David Netto. He said there’s a separate issue with a gas line that runs along the bike path bridge over the Connecticut River.

Elsewhere in the city, “there’s scattered trees down everywhere,” Netto said, but the Jackson Street closure is “the big main one that’s tying up a lot of city resources right now.”

Amherst

Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst is closed for the day due to an extended power outage, according to Amherst Police.

The area of East Pleasant Street between the roundabout and water tanks is also closed, police said, including the intersection of East Pleasant Street and Strong Street. 

Downed trees have also blocked down Station Road in the area of 733 Mill Lane, and East Leverett Road, and police believe that there are more downed trees throughout town.

Power outages have been reported on North East and East Pleasant streets.  According to an outage map, 144 Eversource customers were out of power.

Easthampton

Downed trees, power lines, and utility poles have made Loudville Road “impassable between West Street and Torrey Street,” Easthampton Police said on its Facebook page.

The section of Torrey Street running from Loudville Road to the Southampton town line is also impassable, police said. The street has been barricaded off to traffic, and police are detouring motorists.

Forty-five Eversource customers were out of power Thursday morning. 

Belchertown

The area surrounding 194 North St. and 64 Old Bay Road have both been closed off to traffic due to storm damage, Belchertown Police said on its Facebook Page.

“We ask all motorists to use caution when traveling this morning, as the roadways are covered in leaves and branches,” police wrote.

Police also urged residents to stay away from any downed wires and report them to police.

Granby

Granby saw “a lot of trees down, a lot of debris,” Police Chief Al Wishart said.

“We have several crews out there working to clean it up,” he said, “Some limited power outages.”

Truby Street was closed due to the damage, but Wishart said shortly before 8:30 a.m. that it “should be open very shortly.”

Southampton

Storm damage closed several roads, and Hampshire Regional School District has been closed for the day. The main police line is also out of service, and residents are advised to call  413-527-1124 or 911 for emergencies.

Coleman Road has been closed due to downed power lines, Southampton Police said in a Facebook post, and Pomeroy Meadow is shut down from Wolcott Road to Kylene Circle and Miller Avene to Susan Drive. Glendale Road is also closed between Miller Avenue and Cold Spring Roads.

“Eversource is working to de-energize the lines in these areas and get power restored as quickly and a safely as possible,” police said. 

An Eversource outage map reported that 306 customers were out of power just before 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. 

Other outages

According to an Eversource outage map, 67 customers were without power in Chesterfield, 46 in Hadley, 33 in Cummington, 20 in Plainfield, and less than 10 each in Hatfield, Pelham, Westhampton, Worthington, Middlefield and Huntington. 

A National Grid outage map did not show any customers without service in western Massachusetts. 

Weather advisory

The National Weather Service cautions that high winds may continue to damage trees and cause power outages through Thursday evening.

A wind advisory will remain in effect in Hampshire County and the majority of southern New England until 6 p.m. on Thursday, according to the NWS.

Residents can expect southwest winds between 20 and 30 mph, and gusts between 45 and 55 mph.

“Travel will be difficult,” the NWS warned, “especially for high profile vehicles.”

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.


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