BOSTON (CBS) – Tens of thousands of customers lost power as severe storms rolled into Massachusetts Monday afternoon, while many worked from home because of the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 130,000 homes and businesses lost electricity as winds roared through towns at well above 40 miles per hour, bringing trees down onto power lines in several neighborhoods.
As of 11 p.m., 94,000 customers were still without power. National Grid said when conditions were deemed safe, crews would work through the night to restore power.
Eversource tweeted, “Restoration may take longer as we are operating under our #COVID19 pandemic plan and our employees continue to follow social distancing practices and other safety guidelines.”
Downed electrical lines and tree on Harriet Ave. pic.twitter.com/p6vHvljOpa
— Belmont, MA Police (@BelmontPD) April 13, 2020
According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Norton, Rehoboth, Sutton and Sturbridge were among the hardest hit.
In Medford, a tree limb crashed down on a passing car at Suffolk and Wayman streets. No one was hurt, firefighters said.
This windy day has brought down tree limbs all throughout the city. This limb fell onto a passing car at Suffolk St and Wyman St. The occupant of the vehicle was unharmed. pic.twitter.com/bExCCelKvs
— Medford Firefighters Local 1032 (@MedfordMAFire) April 13, 2020
In Hanover, a large tree fell onto a house on Union Street. An 80-year-old woman was inside the home at the time and was uninjured.
Some people reported hearing a “roar” as the storms and strong wind gusts hit.
According to WBZ-TV meteorologist Terry Eliasen, that was the wind just above ground level, known as “low level jet.”
Had a couple folks asking what the “roar” was they are hearing. That is the wind just above ground level. Otherwise known as “low level jet”. Winds will be roaring just above our heads all day, the fear of that wind being drawn down to ground level by some heavy downpours
— Terry Eliasen (@TerryWBZ) April 13, 2020
“Winds will be roaring just above our heads all day, the fear of that wind being drawn down to ground level by some heavy downpours,” he wrote on Twitter.