High winds and rain lashed Massachusetts Monday afternoon, causing power outages for tens of thousands of residents.
More than 85,000 electric customers had lost power shortly after 4:17 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The outages come as Massachusetts residents have been asked to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Governor Charlie Baker said at his daily coronavirus briefing that the weather was expected to bring “damaging winds, heavy rain, and thunderstorms to many parts of the Commonwealth.”
He said the state Department of Public Utilities had worked with power companies to stage crews across the state, noting that the companies have established protocols to minimize person-to-person contact.
He urged people to make sure their cellphones and other electronics were charged, their flashlights were ready, and they had an emergency care kit.
The Boston Fire Department urged people to “use caution and stay away from downed power lines and trees,” in a tweet with several pictures of downed trees around the city. “Heavy winds have knocked down multiple tree and power lines throughout the city,” the department said.
Downed trees also fell onto homes in other parts of the state. One large tree clipped the roof of a home in Arlington, as seen in photos shared by Arlington firefighters on Twitter.
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SOURCE: The Boston Globe, John R. Ellement