SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – Wednesday’s storms caused damage in parts of western Massachusetts, including Hampden County.
“We started running because that tree fell and the other one too, so we were scared,” said Carmen Lopez of Chicopee.
A powerful storm swept through western Massachusetts, cutting down trees, power lines and damaging homes in the region.
At Chicopee’s Szot Park, a family ran for their lives as they watched a giant tree crash to the ground.
“I was scared. I said ‘Oh my God. The weather was nice and then suddenly it was like I was very scared,” added Lopez.
In the city of Springfield, Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city has been hit hard.
“Dozens and dozens of trees have fallen, some on the main arteries – Parker Street, Allen Street,” Sarno explained.
At Sixteen Acres, a resident told Western Mass News that watching the storm destroy his neighborhood was terrifying.
“Our yard has suffered damage and knockdowns,” said Chris Sawyer of Springfield.
In Westfield, a tree fell and landed right on top of a shed, crushing the roof and walls.
“It’s just starting to arrive. The rain just started raining and I was looking out of my window because we have a tree out there and it was moving, so I got a little scared, “Westfield’s Madison Wallis said.
Some have said this storm is a reminder to do what you can to keep your property safe.
“It is also a good warning for people to make sure that all tree wise away from their homes,” Sawyer added.