Thunderstorms sweep across Massachusetts causing fallen trees and failures


Thunderstorms rolled across the state on Wednesday, falling trees and leaving thousands without electricity as residents continued to suffer from a devastating heat wave that brought Boston temperature into the triple digits for the first time in a decade.

Heavy rain pelted parts of Boston from 6 p.m., but the rain soon gave way to more sunshine. A severe thunderstorm warning for Boston and Cambridge expired at 7 p.m., according to the weather service.

In the greater Boston area, scattered showers lasted late into the night and were expected overnight through Thursday when the rain poured out to sea, according to Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Heavy showers are expected at times on Thursday, Simpson said.

After the rain on Wednesday, the temperature in Boston had dropped from 100 degrees to 77 degrees by 10 p.m., he said. The last time the temperature in Boston was 100 degrees or higher was on July 22, 2011 when it hit 103, according to the weather service.

Storm damage has been reported in many communities across the state, according to Kristie Smith, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

In Dorchester, there were trees on Corona Street and nearby Wellesley Park and power lines on Harbor View Street, according to a report submitted to the weather service. Trees and power lines were also shot down in the Worcester Counties parishes of Athol, Barre and Leicester, according to the weather service website.

No injuries or deaths were reported, Smith said.

“It’s mostly just wind damage. We had some gusts of wind up to 60 mph, ”she said.

Before, the storm rolled from western Massachusetts to central Massachusetts, through areas like Orange, Royalston, and Ashburnham, resulting in tornado warnings in central Massachusetts.

But shortly after 5 p.m. forecasters lifted the warnings, saying the storm that triggered them “seems more like a noxious straight-line wind hazard than a tornado”.

“However, a warning of severe thunderstorms from harmful wind gusts remains in force,” said the forecasters.

Forecasters said in the late afternoon that Berkshire County and northwest Worcester County experienced blackouts “in response to strong to noxious winds and frequent lightning strikes.” #thunderstorm across the north of MA. “

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported around 11:30 p.m. that more than 14,000 electricity customers had lost power. One of the hardest hit locations was Leominster, where nearly 3,800 customers were without electricity.


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