• Power restored in Hampshire County after outage affected nearly 30,000 Nearly 30,000 customers affected at one point


    EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – At one point Wednesday morning, nearly 30,000 customers were without power in Hampshire County.

    According to the Eversource Outage Map, power has been restored to all  customers. At the peak of the outage, the map indicated 100 percent of customers were without power in Easthampton and Southampton, and 98 percent of customers in Westhampton.

    Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress told 22News the outage was triggered by a Holyoke Gas and Electric insulator failure, which also caused a tree to catch fire on Ross Road in Holyoke. Ress said the insulator failure ultimately caused Eversource’s breakers to “trip,” leading to the widespread outages.

    Holyoke Gas and Electric spokeswoman Kate Sullivan told 22News their customers never lost power after the insulator failure/fire due to their protective equipment. 22News viewer Brian Lepine emailed video of the insulator fire on Ross Road via ReportIt@wwlp.com.

    According to the National Grid outage Map, power is back on for Northampton, Goshen and Williamsburg residents.

    National Grid spokesman Bob Kievra told 22News their outages were also triggered by the issue in Holyoke. He said their substation in Northampton lost its feed, which took out most of the community’s power. The estimated restoration time for the rest of the outages is by 1:00 p.m.

    At the peak of the National Grid outage, nearly 17,000 were without power between Northampton, Goshen, and Williamsburg.

    We expect to restore power to the majority of customers who are still experiencing an outage by 12:30 PM.


  • Weather Alert

    Wind Advisory issued November 09 at 7:59AM EST until November 10 at 12:00PM EST by NWS Boston

    …WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON EST FRIDAY… * Location…Include the east slopes of the Berkshires. * Winds…Northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * Timing…Friday morning. * Impacts…Winds of this magnitude may bring down some limbs or small trees. Isolated power outages are possible.
    A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.
    A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain.
    An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.


  • Storm Coordination Message #3

    Hello to all…

    ..Significant coastal storm is on track to affect Southern New England with heavy rainfall and the potential for flooding of urban and poor drainage areas and smaller rivers and streams with the potential for strong to damaging winds and scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages SundayAfternoon into Monday Afternoon..
    ..A High Wind Warning is now in effect from 6 PM Sunday to 6 AM Monday for the entire NWS Taunton coverage area. For Essex, Suffolk, Southeast Middlesex, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts and Southeast Providence, Bristol, Eastern Kent, Washington and Newport Counties of Rhode Island, it is for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with wind gusts of 60-70 MPH and isolated higher gusts possible. For the rest of the NWS Taunton Coverage Area, it is for sustained winds of 15-25 MPH with wind gusts of 55-60 MPH. These winds will cause scattered to numerous pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages and could also be enhanced by any strong to severe thunderstorms that organize with this system..
    ..A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area through late tonight. Total rainfall of 2-4″ of rain with isolated higher amounts are possible. Rainfall closer to the 2″ range is expected in eastern areas though higher amounts could occur with any thunderstorms and associated heavy downpours. A more widespread area of heavier rainfall of up to 4″ with isolated higher amounts remain more likely over portions of the Connecticut River Valley and the eastern slopes of the Berkshires. This amount of rainfall and any higher amounts in thunderstorms could cause flooding of urban and poor drainage areas and smaller rivers and streams..
    ..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence by 400 PM EDT Sunday Afternoon and will last into early Monday Morning. SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm from Sunday morning through mid-afternoon and during the day on Monday through the afternoon hours. Pictures and video of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this email, via the WX1BOX Facebook/Twitter feeds and through the email address pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the spotter providing the pictures/video unless otherwise indicated. This will provide high situational awareness to NWS, the media, Non-Govermental organizations and emergency management..

    A significant coastal storm is on track to affect Southern New England Sunday Afternoon into Monday Afternoon. The headlines of this coordination message detail the latest information with high wind warnings now posted for the entire NWS Taunton coverage area. The storm track and rapid storm intensification is expected to cause damaging winds across a widespread area with scattered to numerous pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages. There could even be a few strong to severe thunderstorms which would enhance the wind damage potential in areas affected by these thunderstorms. The one key item that remains uncertain is the influence of Tropical Storm Phillipe and how much moisture and energy from Phillipe interacts with this coastal storm and whether it further enhances the explosive development of this coastal storm.

    Strong winds will likely extend past 6 AM Monday Morning as the coastal storm tracks into Northern New England and southern Canada. This will likely require additional wind headlines that will likely be issues later tonight or Monday Morning.

    SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence by 400 PM EDT Sunday Afternoon and will last into early Monday Morning. SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm from Sunday morning through mid-afternoon and during the day on Monday through the afternoon hours. Pictures and video of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this email, via the WX1BOX Facebook/Twitter feeds and through the email addresspics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the spotter providing the pictures/video unless otherwise indicated. This will provide high situational awareness to NWS, the media, Non-Govermental organizations and emergency management.

    This will likely be the last coordination message on this storm for Sunday. A shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows and additional wind headlines are posted for Monday. Below is the NWS Taunton High Wind Warning/Watch and Flash Flood Watch Statements, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Experimental Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and the WX1BOX Facebook Infographics:

     

     

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