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Tornado warning lifted for Nantucket

Amid the heavy rain and gusting wind of Friday’s storm, weather radar showed rotating winds over Nantucket that could have been a tornado, but it could not be confirmed, the National Weather Service said.

“There was some rotation, which indicates a potential tornado on the surface,” said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Simpson said a funnel cloud must touch the ground to be classified as a tornado, and there were no reports of the storm touching down or of storm damage as of about 7:45 p.m.

“Where it went ashore, it’s pretty much all conservation area. There’s no one living there,” so there are no witnesses to say whether there was a tornado, Simpson said.


The potential tornado was moving at about 45 miles per hour and passed over the island very quickly, Simpson said. The weather service issued a tornado warning for Nantucket at 5:52 p.m., but then canceled the warning early because the area of rotation had moved away from the island, he said.

There were 669 electric customers without power as of 6:55 p.m., but power had been fully restored by about 7:45 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s online outage map.

Nantucket police and fire officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday evening.

Nantucket police said on Twitter that National Grid reported a wire down due to wind and that crews were working to restore power to homes in the island’s Cisco area, but no other damage had been reported.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.