LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a storm that brought down trees in Longmeadow on Saturday was likely a microburst.
MassLive.com reports the powerful downdraft, which struck at about 5 p.m., took down about 60 trees and powerlines and blocked more than a dozen streets. No injuries were reported.
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As a result of the severe weather yesterday, the Town departments are working on a debris management plan for the streets that were most significantly impacted. Information about this plan will be communicated today via the Town website, Facebook and the emergency call system. Due to limited capacity, residents are asked not to bring storm debris to the Recycling Center until the debris management plan is implemented. If there is debris which is causing a safety hazard (across a sidewalk, resting on power lines, blocking the road, etc.), please contact the LPD business line (413)567-3311.
A microburst involves straight-line winds pushing down, as opposed to the circular winds of a tornado. Winds during Saturday’s storm were clocked at about 70 mph.
The town says it is working on a debris management plan for the streets that were most significantly impacted. Residents are being asked not to bring debris to the recycling center until that plan is completed.