Storm that downed trees in Longmeadow was likely microburst

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a storm that brought down trees in Longmeadow on Saturday was likely a microburst. 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.

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.