BOSTON (CBS) – As many as 68,000 customers lost electricity Monday as strong wind gusts whipped through Massachusetts pulling down trees and power lines.

The number of outages climbed throughout the afternoon. They were down to about 25,000 early Tuesday.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Westford, Revere and Tyngsboro were hit the hardest.

A tree hit power lines on Route 135 in Ashland Monday and burst into flames. (Photo credit: Ashland Police)

Peak wind gusts reached 60 miles per hour in Westford and Worcester at one point.

Photos: Wind Damage Across Massachusetts

They hit 69 mph in Cambridge and several towns topped 50 mph.

Check: MEMA Power Outage Map

In Quincy, gusts were strong enough to bring down a tree on an unoccupied car.

There was a high wind warning in effect for all of southern New England until 7 p.m. with wind gusts expected to reach 70 miles per hour in some towns.

The wind brought down a tree onto a car in Reading Monday. (Photo credit: Reading Police)

The wind speeds will slow down Tuesday into Wednesday, but that is when the next round of bitter cold arrives.


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