Massachusetts Storm Found to Be Microburst

October 10, 2014

The National Weather Service says damage in a severe storm that flattened hundreds of trees and brought down power lines in Easthampton, Massachusetts, was from a microburst with straight line wind up to 100 mph.

The weather service said the storm hit just before 5 a.m. Wednesday. The microburst began on the west side of Mount Tom and moved from southwest to northeast along the edge of the range. It toppled a large number of trees, which covered Route 141 and trapped several cars. Its path was about a mile long and a quarter-mile wide.

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux declared a state of emergency. Several homes lost power and were damaged. Fire Chief David Mottor said several residents had minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

Police said two motorists were rescued after their vehicles became trapped by fallen wires.

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