Twister warning leaves Hampden County residents anxious


WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – No harm was reported in Westfield and Southwick, although individuals there have been on excessive alert when the Nationwide Climate Service issued that Twister Warning for the realm on Wednesday.

As soon as the rain got here down, it got here down quick. It was blinding to drive in. Some motorists pulled over to attend it out whereas others dared to problem mom nature.

Julia Millay was driving from Agawam to Southwick when the Nationwide Climate Service issued a Twister Warning for the realm.

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“Once you seemed up you possibly can see the darkish. It nearly seemed like a funnel. It seemed prefer it was about to the touch down, however then the solar on the opposite aspect,” she advised 22Information.

Nicole Megazinni of Agawam was following the identical route. She too noticed the darkish skies. She, like many others, have a heightened consciousness for extreme climate.

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“It appeared to actually come out of nowhere. We’re right here now and it’s sunny,” she mentioned.

That heightened consciousness within the wake of Hurricane Dorian decimating the Bahamas and stalking the Florida coast. Megazinni mentioned her mom lives in Florida and spent days getting ready for the worst.

“They reside simply inland of West Palm Seashore in order that they have been very prepared,” Magazinni mentioned.

That’s good recommendation for individuals in western Massachusetts. After all of the Pioneer Valley isn’t proof against disasters, particularly tornadoes.

“I used to work within the ER at Baystate. So I knew the individuals there who have been affected by that. Simply seeing the place it had ripped by way of. The devastation it triggered in Springfield,” Millay mentioned in regards to the twister that ripped by way of western Massachusetts in 2011.

That twister occurred eight-years-ago. Springfield’s South Finish was one of many hardest-hit areas.