Schools Closed, More Than 120K Without Power After Storm

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Heavy wind and rain have closed schools across the region, brought down trees and branches, and knocked out power to more than 225,000 customers in Massachusetts at its peak.

Dozens of schools cancelled classes for the day. A full list of school closings can be found here.

As the storm blew out of the area Thursday, gusts of up to 45 mph and up to 55 mph on the Cape were still possible, the National Weather Service reported. A wind advisory was in place for all of Massachusetts until 5 p.m.

According to MEMA's power outage map, there were over 121,000 customers without power as of 6:30 p.m.


"We're anticipating a long day for our crews out there," Eversource spokesperson Reid Lamberty told WBZ NewsRadio. "Unfortunately, there's been pockets of pretty significant damage. Some roads are blocked, some wires are down."

Power lines and large trees were toppled in towns across the state, and crews worked into the day Thursday to clear roads and assess the damage to buildings.

"It's definitely going to be a slow go for people in terms of getting around, particularly detours if there are branches down on smaller roads," MEMA spokesperson Chris Besse said. "I think the wind gusts were a little bit stronger than we expected ... we saw some pretty significant tree damage across the state last evening, which obviously caused a significant amount of power outages."

In Methuen, Police Chief Joe Solomon told WBZ NewsRadio a tree crashed onto a home on Hidden Road, "into the bedroom where the resident usually sleeps."

"He sleeps downstairs whenever there is a storm for this very reason," Solomon wrote. "There is extensive damage to the home and Sgt. Lavine related if the individual had been in his bed as usual, it would have been a fatal accident."


In Barnstable, Daily Paper Restaurant owner Aaron Webb said residents who were without power were congregating to ride out the storm together.

"Several of the villages in the town of Barnstable are out of power, including Centerville where I live, and downtown Hyannis is out of power," he said. "

Salem's Harbormaster told WBZ NewsRadio he counted at least 14 vessels overturned, and at least one damaged on a jetty in Pickering Point.

There were cancellations and delays at Logan Airport, so travelers were asked to check their flight status.

There was also physical damage at the airport, as the cover of a Delta hanger blew off.

Roof Of Delta Hangar Blown Off At Logan
Roof Of Delta Hangar Blown Off At Logan
Strong winds have taken down trees and power lines across the state, partially ripping the roof off of a Delta hangar at Logan Airport.

Officials asked anyone who intends to take a ferry to the Cape or Islands Thursday to check their schedules, as cancellations abound.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports


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