BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Thousands were left without power Sunday afternoon across northern Middlesex and Essex Counties as strong thunderstorms swept across the region.
According to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, by 5:30 p.m. more than 31,500 homes and businesses were in the dark across the state. Hours earlier, the National Weather Service had issued Severe Thunderstorm Watches from Lowell to Cambridge.
MEMA said more than 9,000 power outages had been reported between Stoneham, Saugus and Melrose, around 2,800 were reported in Tewksbury, and about 2,600 were reported in Gloucester.
By 5:30 p.m., around 95 percent of the town of Harvard was also experiencing a power outage.
Storms were expected to continue across eastern Massachusetts Sunday evening, with Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued for Boston and Quincy until 6:15 p.m., and a Flood Warning was issued for parts of Eastern Worcester and Southern Middlesex County until 7:15 p.m.
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