Rain storm and high winds bring down trees, wires in Massachusetts

Barnstable Police Sergeant Eric Drifmeyer
Two large trees laying in front of and behind an SUV in Osterville.

Powerful winds knocked down trees and wires across Massachusetts Monday morning, the National Weather Service said.

“For those who were out on the road, there were very strong southerly winds, you had to keep your hands on the steering column,” said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist at the weather service in Norton. “With the thunderstorms and stronger winds, this brought some trees down and some wires down, and there were even some flood reports.”

Wind gusts reached as high as 63 miles per hour across the state, with the average wind gust falling between 45 and 55 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Massachusetts also saw between three-quarters of an inch and an inch-and-a-half of rain, Buttrick said.


High winds downed two trees in Osterville, trapping an SUV, said Barnstable Police Sergeant Eric Drifmeyer.

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The woman wasn’t injured and there was minimal damage to her car, he said.

In the same gust of wind, a plate glass window from a vacant storefront blew into the store, he said.

Responders from Marion saw nine weather-related calls Monday morning all at about 8 a.m., including one for tree down on Route 6 which was blocking the travel lane, Marion Police Sergeant Marshall Sadeck said.

Police received no calls about power outages, except for one instance where it was contained to a private drive, Sadeck said.

Wrentham police responded to Spruce Road at Forest Grove Avenue at about 7 a.m. Monday when a tree fell onto power lines, a dispatcher for Wrentham police said.


Power has since been restored to the affected area in Wrentham, the dispatcher said.

In Millville, a tree fell down near 55 Chestnut Hill Road and was partially blocking the road at about 7 a.m. Monday, dispatcher Jessica LeBlanc said. The area has since been cleared, she said.

While there was a lull storm-wise in the Boston area around noon, another front of rain and possible thunderstorms is expected to arrive between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Buttrick said. This is when a lot of runners for the Boston Marathon will be in the Boston area, she said.

“Behind those showers is those west winds, which are going to be rushing through the state this evening, overnight, and even into Tuesday,” Buttrick said.

The winds that will come along with this next storm line could cause further damage, Buttrick said.


“These winds could certainly be strong enough to bring trees down, wires down,” she said. “Especially because we just had rainfall, any tree that was compromised by the storms earlier today could be toppled by storms tonight.”

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