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Whipping Wind Causes Power Outages, Falling Trees

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Scaffolding at the Red Roof Inn in Saugus toppled over in the wind Saturday. (credit: CBS)

Scaffolding at the Red Roof Inn in Saugus toppled over in the wind Saturday. (credit: CBS)

BOSTON (CBS) — The wind is whipping in New England causing thousands of power outages and damage to buildings, trees and anything in the way.

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Forget the fall-like weather from Friday. Mother Nature blew in a chilly reality check.
Feisty New Englanders fought the gusty winds Saturday and lost.

“I already lost my hat once,” said Will Austin. “I’m holding on now.”

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

Alexa Peretz leaned in as she walked down Newbury Street in Boston. “I’m hiding behind trees. That’s how I cope.”

Saturday morning wind gusts along the water in Massachusetts registered between 40 and 60 miles an hour. In Brookline, a gust of 58 miles an hour was recorded just after 9 a.m. In Hull the wind whipped up to 48 miles an hour at just about the same time.

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A tree fell on power lines on Common Street in Walpole. (credit: Pete Wilson/CBS)

Meanwhile, weather spotters around the region recorded numerous trees down across roads. In Rochester, N.H. a tree fell on a mobile home. There was no word on whether anyone was injured, or how much damage the home sustained.

In western Massachusetts, in Chester, a roof was blown off a barn. A large sheet of rubber roofing material slumped over the side of a Woburn post office. A three-story scaffolding toppled onto some parked cars at a Red Roof Inn in Saugus. In Boston, firefighters rushed to secure a teetering electrical box from a Commonwealth Avenue brownstone.

Shortly before 1 p.m. NationalGrid was reporting more than 7,000 outages in Massachusetts. PSNH reports approximately 13,800 customers were without power at 1 p.m.

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WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez contributed to this report.

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