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Power outages, lightning strikes reported in Norwood yesterday

Posted by Sarah Favot  June 2, 2011 03:18 PM

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There were power outages and lightning strikes reported in several areas of Norwood yesterday from the storm that ripped through the state, according to Norwood police.

Police and fire units were dispatched to alarms and traffic light problems along the Route 1 stretch due to the outages, said department spokesman Kevin Grasso in a press release.

Grasso said that there were no major incidents, but that there was one minor motor vehicle crash.

Several callers reported possible fires due to lightning strikes, according to the police logs.

Norwood Assistant General Manager Bernie Cooper said that he was not aware of any structural fires last night.

“I know that there were strikes, but I am not aware of any major damages,” said Cooper.

He said there was one industrial fire that the Fire Department responded to and handled.

Police dispatchers answered 96 telephone calls last night, which include non-emergency calls and 911 calls, said Grasso. He said the number of calls was slightly higher than average compared with other days this week.

A reverse-911 call was sent out to all town residents and businesses yesterday evening to alert them to the tornado warning and to advise residents to tune into their local television stations for more information.

Cooper said he encourages residents to register their home and cellphone numbers with the telephone emergency notification system using forms that can be found in town buildings or online through the town’s website.

“It is the only effective townwide warning system,” said Cooper.

Cooper also encouraged residents to take tornado warnings seriously, although it is unusual for a tornado to hit the area.

“I was amazed at how many people were out on the street," said Cooper. “We’re very fortunate that it is relatively less common, but it doesn’t mean never.”

At least three tornadoes carved paths through Massachusetts yesterday, killing four people and wrecking at least 200 buildings, Governor Deval Patrick said this afternoon.

Sarah Favot can be reached at sarah.yourtown@gmail.com.

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