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Trees and lines were reported down across the county.

Powerful Storm Rips Through the Berkshires

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A powerful storm ripped through the Berkshires on Wednesday afternoon leaving downed trees and wires in its wake. 

 
The line of thunderstorms hit the region around 4 p.m. hail, wind and rain for an intense 15 or 20 minutes. 
 
Downed lines along Massachusetts Avenue in North Adams and Cold Spring Road in Williamstown left more than 1,500 National Grid customers without power. The utility also reported were scattered outages around the county, including Florida Mountain and South Berkshire. 
 
Eversource reported nearly 33,000 customers affected in Western Massachusetts, including more than 2,500 in Dalton and and more than 4,000 in Pittsfield. 
 
There reports of fire alarms going off, power outages, trees on cars or in the road and downed wires around the county. In North Adams, Massachusetts Avenue Extension was closed for a downed power line and debris -- small and medium-sized limbs -- were scattered along sidewalks and roadways. There were also reports of trees down and power out at Windsor Lake and Rich Street. 
 
The biggest hit was taken by Mingo's restaurant at Greylock Bowl & Golf when the new canopy over the restaurant's deck was ripped from the building. 
 
In Adams, one of the tiny houses at B&B Micro-Manufacturing tipped over and tree limbs came down on the houses and cars around the building. A large limb also came down on Crotteau Street, closing the road, and trees were down along Summer Street. One resident on Summer posted an image of a tree in their smashed above-ground pool. 
 
There were also reports in Pittsfield of more downed trees behind Allendale Shopping Center and a trees across roads in Lanesborough and Hancock. 
 
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., had posted a severe thunderstorm warning for the region, saying the storm had created winds of 50 to 55 mph as it moved through central New York. A wind advisory is in effect for the Berkshires, eastern New York, Southern Vermont and and northwestern Connecticut until 2 a.m. Thursday. 

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Flag Disposal Receptacle Installed at North Adams Fire Department

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

The secure receptacle is located on the south side of the fire station.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city unveiled a newly installed flag disposal box that will provide residents with a safe place to respectfully dispose of American flags. 
 
"We don't want our flag to be disrespected and to have the opportunity for people to be able to retire it safely with honor in a centralized space is great," City Councilor Benjamin Lamb said Monday morning at a small gathering at the fire station where the box was installed. 
 
Lamb said he decided to act after seeing a social media post documenting a pile of flags essentially thrown away at the transfer station. He did some research and found that Sturbridge had a public receptacle to dispose of retired American flags.
 
He thought this could be a solution in North Adams.
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