Near-hurricane-force winds left some thousands of homes and businesses powerless across the Berkshires yesterday. The Berkshire Eagle reports that emergency responders scrambled to keep up with calls of toppled trees and limbs and blocked roadways.

Wind gusts pounded the region, with the highest of 69 mph. Pittsfield, North Adams and Williamstown each recorded official wind gust readings of 66 mph between noon and 2pm. National Grid’s power outages peaked at 2,200 around 6pm.  I live in Lanesborough wich our area was out of power most of the day yesterday.

As of 10:43 AM Tuesday morning,  Eversource was reporting on their site that there were still outages in the Berkshires. National Grid was also still showing some outages.

From the National Grid websiteThe hardest hit areas throughout the day were Great Barrington, Lenox, Williamstown, Stockbridge and New Ashford. Eversource worked feverishly to restore service. At one point, repair crews were dealing with electricity knocked out to 5,500 homes and businesses, mainly in Pittsfield and Lanesborough.