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Storms Hit Conn., Western Mass. Hardest



    Flash flooding and downed trees caused damage throughout New England, but the worst of the damage was reported in Connecticut and Western Mass. (Published Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014)

    (NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Agawam, Mass.) - Many areas across New England saw flash flooding and downed trees, but certain parts of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts saw the worst of the damage.

    In Agawam, Mass., the storm arrived around noon and only departed after its 80 MPH winds tore down 50 trees in the area. The National Weather Service confirmed that there was no tornado in the Western Mass. community, but the damage was severe nonetheless.

    "It just sounded like something out of a movie. You just hear this whipping wind, and crashes and bangs - it was really crazy," said Michele Jackson, who works in a business in Agawam. "At least 30 cars were affected, and I would say at least four or five of them completely totaled."

    Meanwhile, East Windsor and Windsor Locks, Conn. faced what the National Weather Service has confirmed was a tornado.

    The strong winds ripped down a dome at SportsWorld, forcing the facility's 29 campers and five counselors to retreat to an adjacent building.

    "We had them in very quickly," said Kathy Russotto, the manager of SportsWorld who was overseeing the group to 5- and 12-year-olds. "The wind was picking up, so I put them under the tables. And within 30 seconds of them going under the table, we heard a big noise."

    No injuries were reported in either incident.

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