A tornado watch for much of Massachusetts and a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Eastern Massachusetts, including Boston and Brockton, expired at 10 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Rain had reached Boston by 9 p.m., pelting sections of the city with heavy, wind-whipped precipitation.
High winds and rain caused thousands across the state to lose power Friday evening. As of 11;30 p.m. over 26,000 customers 630,000cq residentswere without electricity, mostly in the western and central portions of the state, according to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s outage map.
A severe thunderstorm warning in effect in Central Massachusetts for Worcester and Framingham expired at9:15 p.m., and one for the area around Lynn, Lawrence, and Haverhill expired at 9:45 p.m.
The storms were expected to hit northern and Western Massachusetts the hardest, the weather service said.
Meteorologists expected torrential rain, damaging winds, possible street flooding, and hail with a diameter as large as 1.5 inches to hit Massachusetts during the storms.
“The main threats with these storms will be damaging wind gusts and possibly an isolated tornado,” the weather service said.
By 10 p.m., the weather service had collected a few reports of downed trees and other storm damage, including a tree down on Route 3 in Chelmsford and one on Cambridge Street in Cambridge.