Updated: 07/28/2014 5:21 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 12:27 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
What meteorologists were reading on their radar screens is what motorists were seeing on their windshield.
However, the problem out on the roads was torrential rain and pelting hail that was blinding drivers, limiting visibility to near zero.
Accompanying the rain were heavy winds, which knocked down trees in Columbia and Berkshire Counties.
On Lenox Branch Road in Richmond, Mass. utility crews were working feverishly to remove branches from electrical wires.
Not too far from that, a school bus broke down in the middle of Route 183 in Stockbridge – trying to turn around where a tree blocked the road.
There was also flash flooding scattered throughout the Berkshires, as culverts became overwhelmed with the rapid runoff.
On East Street in Lenox, a huge tree missed a garage by the nearest of margins.
Police in Dalton, Mass. were also assessing damage from the storms.
The fire chief there tells NewsChannel 13’s media partners at the Berkshire Eagle that most of the damage, is to the Greenridge Park area.
Trees are down, power was out and there is minor damage to six or seven houses.