Roofs Blown Off Two Apartment Buildings In Holyoke


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Thousands of residents were without power on Saturday morning after storms rolled through New England downing trees and power lines, even causing the partial collapse of an apartment building in central Massachusetts.

The National Weather Service said almost 30,000 customers were without power by 11 p.m., after the severe thunderstorm watch and tornado warning had expired. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, around 10,000 residents were still without power.

According to NWS Boston, dozens of weather damage reports were filed across the Commonwealth starting at around 7:30 p.m. While most calls were reporting fallen trees due to wind damage, there were a few alerts about major building damage.

Shortly after 8 p.m., NWS received two reports that "two roofs of neighboring apartment buildings blew off at West St. and Dwight St. in Holyoke."

The first report said "several side wall portions" of the buildings had collapsed, and that "100 people had been displaced." The Holyoke Firefighters' Association posted photos of the damage.

Most of the damage reported in the state on Friday night was in western and northern Massachusetts, where wind speeds were expected to reach up to 60 mph.

According to Western Mass News, a total of 141 people were displaced from 41 apartments in the partially collapsed buildings in Holyoke, with two minor injuries reported.

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