Winds Contributing To Damage, Loss of Power, Delays Across Region

 

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) — As a major rain system moves through the region, the winds are picking up causing damage and delays.

As of 1:40 P.M. EDT Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, reports that there were nearly 9,500 power outages across the region mostly across the southeastern portion of the Commonwealth and it expected to rise.

A gust reported at 69mph at the Blue Hill Observatory with sustained winds above 40mph.

Chris Besse with MEMA says many places south of Boston and over Cape Cod will see some pretty powerful winds for this storm.

"Down in the southeast part of the state today the gusts are expected to be around 50 to 60mph, so that pretty strong wind gusts," he said.

The heavy rain could cause some flooding too. The heaviest moving during the afternoon commute 

A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service warning commuters and residents living in flood-prone areas of poor drainage to be on the lookout for possible floods Thursday afternoon.  They also issued warnings about rapidly rising creeks and rivers.

 

In Newton, crews from Newton Fire and power utility crews from Eversource responded to a tree and down power lines that fell on a parked car Thursday morning. 

 

It happened near Bullough Park & Dexter Roads. No one was injured but officials there have asked the public to avoid the area as both roads are closed. 

According to FlightAware.com, a flight tracking service, 221 flights have been delayed and 83 flights have been canceled at Boston Logan International Airport due to weather and winds In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration reports that some flights are averaging delays of upward 3 hours..

 

In Hopkinton, a traffic signal fell onto the road at  West Main and South streets

 

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