BOSTON (CBS) – More than 225,000 customers lost power in Massachusetts as a line of strong storms moved across the state Wednesday evening.
High winds took down trees and power lines. Wind gusts reached 82 mph in Quincy and 74 mph in Westfield.
Major wind…most of the time we don't get widespread reports of gusts this high in the summer, let alone October. That squall line did a very efficient job of dragging winds down from aloft. #wbz pic.twitter.com/QMFGe41fXM
— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) October 8, 2020
Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across the region.
Drivers in Boston were dodging branches and other debris in the roads. At least three cars were crushed by trees in Roxbury.
“That’s kind of scary because it just happened so fast,” a delivery driver in Boston said.
At Margaritas restaurant in Framingham, the outdoor dining tent was knocked down.
In Hopkinton, cars were crushed in a driveway and surrounded by branches and live wires.
“It was like a freight train,” a Hopkinton man said. “In fact, when the trees came down – I didn’t hear the trees come down it was so loud.”
The evening thunderstorms were brief but caused widespread damage.
As of 11:45 PM, 148,407 customers were still without power according to MEMA.