Storms hit W. Mass. area struck by June tornadoes

Posted July 26, 2011, at 8:12 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Strong storms Tuesday struck areas of western Massachusetts that were hit by June tornadoes, and state police had a report that a motorcyclist was killed by a falling utility pole in Berkshire County.

State police spokesman David Procopio said the fatal accident was reported in Hinsdale, near Pittsfield.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Tuesday afternoon for parts of Hamden and Worcester counties, and adjacent areas of northern Connecticut. The National Weather Service said funnel clouds and radar signatures were seen, but no touchdowns.

Several towns reported downed trees and power lines, but no injuries or widespread major damage.

The June 1 tornadoes, one of which was a severe EF3, killed three people and caused millions in damage in the Springfield area and eastward to Monson and Brimfield.

Springfield Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said Tuesday’s storm, though not as severe, felt like “deja vu.”

“E-911 lit up with people who were nervous,” he said.

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