Metro

Storms dump nearly 4 inches of rain on parts of Boston

Courtsey of Patrick Dwyer

Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester experienced severe flooding after storms passed through Wednesday.

Strong thunderstorms swept through the Boston area early Wednesday evening, dropping buckets of rain, prompting the National Weather Service to issue flash flood warnings.

Heavy downpours dumped nearly 4 inches of water on some Boston neighborhoods, according to the National Weather Service.

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According to meteorologists, 3.46 inches of rain fell in Dorchester, flooding major roadways. Jamaica Plain also saw 2.74 inches.

Elsewhere, Maynard had 3.37 inches and Walpole had 2.72 inches, according to the weather service.

In East Boston, winds blew up to 52 miles per hour, Vallier-Talbot said.

Just before 9 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Eleanor Vallier-Talbot said the worst of the storm had ended.

Earlier in the day, heavy rains, thunder and lightning wreaked havoc on some areas.

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One vehicle was stuck on the arrivals level of Terminal A at Logan International Airport due to the flooding Wednesday afternoon, although it was pushed out without incident, said State Police Lieutenant Kieth DeAmbrose.

The Chelsea Fire Department responded to two reports of wires down between 2 and 3 p.m. as a result of the storm, said Deputy Fire Chief John Quatieri.

More rain could be on tap for Thursday.

There is a 35 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The day will also be humid, partly sunny, with temperatures in the 80s, forecasters said.

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Periodic downpours and lightning swept through the Boston area, and a woman on Congress Street used whatever she could to cover her head from the rain.

Lifeguards at Pleasure Bay stayed in the shade after a downpour Wednesday.

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Bikers and pedestrians made their way through Downtown Crossing during a downpour Wednesday.

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Three men dashed across the intersection of Congress and State Street Wednesday.

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A school bus makes its way through the Route 2 Rotary in Concord Wednesday. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Ben Thompson can be reached at ben.thompson@globe.com. Alyssa Meyers can be reached at alyssa.meyers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ameyers_.
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