Winds cause damage in Worcester County

Winds cause damage in Worcester County
Cleanup begins in Worcester County after powerful storm topples trees
Trees toppled over and debris was left scattered across several towns as a result of the storm. In Milford, several trees caused severe damage.

“It sounded like a hurricane,” one resident said. “I thought it was a hurricane coming through. I truly did.”

Severe storm warnings were issued Thursday for several counties, including Norfolk County, Suffolk County, Bristol County, Plymouth County, Worcester County and Middlesex County.

Thursday’s storms toppled a tree onto a home on Hopedale Street in Hopedale, and caused widespread power outages. The damage extended into surrounding towns, like Milford.

“I will tell you, I had a few windows open and the winds became very intense,” Hopedale resident Mary Rothberg said. “And, it was extremely loud. Very scary. I ran around closing the windows.”

“They just got home and a tree went boom,” said Tom OHara, who had a tree fall on his home. “Heard a big boom.”

OHara said he just moved into his home a year-and-a-half ago. The downed tree damaged his roof and chimney.

Severe thunderstorms swept through Massachusetts Thursday, causing this fallen tree in Milford, Massachusetts.

While homeowners plan what’s next for their damaged properties, crews are working to restore power to the few homes left without electricity.

HOPEDALE, MASS. (WHDH) – Residents in Worcester County are cleaning up after a brief but powerful storm that blew through the area on Thursday sent trees crashing down and left thousands without power.

At the height of the storm, 3,000 homes and businesses in the area were without power, according to National Grid.

Lisa Higgins and her family were inside their house in Hopedale around 5 p.m. when they heard the winds pick up before a tree toppled onto her office, just feet away from where they were sitting.

“I was just sitting on the couch and heard the wind and everything, and went to go move my car because it was windy and the tree just went ba-boom!” she recalled.

“It sounded like a hurricane,” Hopedale resident Mary Rothberg said. “I thought it was a hurricane coming through, I really, truly did.”

The National Weather Service stated Thursday night that it appears all of the damages from the storm came from straight-line winds.

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