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Neighbors Assess Microburst Storm Damage

Neighbors were shocked to see how many trees were down along Mountain Road on Route 141 in Easthampton, Massachusetts, Wednesday morning, after a microburst ripped through the town and knocked out power to hundreds.

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    Neighbors were shocked to see how many trees were down along Mountain Road on Route 141 in Easthampton, Massachusetts, Wednesday morning, after a microburst ripped through the town and knocked out power to hundreds. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014)

    Neighbors were shocked to see how many trees were down along Mountain Road on Route 141 in Easthampton, Massachusetts, Wednesday morning, after a microburst ripped through the town and knocked out power to hundreds.

    "It has changed quite a bit in the last twelve hours," said Bill Grimes, a local homeowner near Mount Tom. The storm hit his home just before 5 a.m.

    "I looked out the window and the trees were kind of going sideways so I was about ready to wake up my wife and get down in the cellar and it stopped. It was maybe a minute or a minute and a half," Grimes explained. "I looked out the window and there were just trees all over the place."

    Luckily, all the trees fell away from Grimes' home, but his neighbor wasn't as lucky. A tree fell on top of their house, trapping the couple in their bedroom. They say they are thankful that they were not hurt.

    Most trees that were damaged were broken, but the winds actually uprooted one massive tree.

    "She was in her fury when she did this," said Pat Kusnierz, another local.

    She told NECN she woke up to the sound of the storm.

    "You couldn't even see across the street. It blew so hard that I didn't hear these trees come down," Kusnierz said. "We're safe, everybody's safe, we're getting cleaned up, life moves on."

    Crews worked through the day to clear the damage done on Mountain Road. 

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