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Storm downs trees, powerlines in Topsfield; more storms expected Saturday around Boston

Christiana Botic for The Boston Globe

Scattered thunderstorms rolled through parts of central and eastern Massachusetts Friday, knocking down trees and power lines in some areas and leaving many without power.

The areas hit hardest included Topsfield, Middleton, and Uxbridge, according to Matthew Belk, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norton.

In Topsfield, the fire department reported “extensive damage throughout the town” and said it responded to “dozens of calls for service” following a short burst of intense weather in the town Friday afternoon, according to a statement posted on the department’s website.

“In several areas, wires and telephone poles are down low or on the ground,” the statement said. “The public safety team would like to remind everyone that these wires can be very dangerous and residents should stay away from them until National Grid has made them safe.”


The fire department said National Grid had deployed several crews to Topsfield and would be “working through the night” to repair damages and restore power.

Some were still waiting for their power to come back on late Friday night as 847 customers in the state were without power as of 11:17 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s outage map.

Belk said Saturday will be hot and humid with the possibility of heavy storms coming later in the day that could bring potentially damaging wind gusts with them.

“There will be another chance of showers and thunderstorms with some isolated strong and severe storms in the afternoon and evening,” he said.

Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@globe.com.