Tuesday’s storm brought flooding, power outages

Tuesday’s storm didn’t lead to any tornadoes being reported in Massachusetts, but nickle-sized hail fell in the west and heavy rains deluged streets, overwhelmed drainage systems, trapped drivers in submerged vehicles, and led to some power outages.

In Boston, cars on Child and Boynton streets were flooded up to their doors, according to storm reports from the National Weather Service. A car was stuck in flood waters on Columbia Road at Bodwell Street in Dorchester, and Ceylon Street was impassible at its intersection with Quincy Street, the weather service said.

Multiple streets flooded in Boston, but the city was spared of any significant storm damage, said Boston fire spokesman Marc Sanders.


A three-family home at 17 Dunlap St. in Dorchester saw significant flooding, displacing 11 residents due to an electrical hazard from the surge of water, but no one was injured, Sanders said in an email.

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Another building at 55 Northern Ave. in the Seaport area was struck by lightning, but no serious damage was reported, Sanders said.

Power outages around the state had reached into the thousands at one point but were down to just 200 by 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

In Chelsea, eight drivers and passengers had to be rescued from cars overwhelmed by flooding, according to the fire department.

In Somerville, the underpass on Washington Street near Cataldo Ambulance Service was impassible because of flooding, according to the service.


A tree was downed on Forest Street in Waltham, and another was down on Franklin Street in Arlington, where there was also a utility poll and multiple wires down on Windmill Lane, the weather service said.

Flooded highways included a section of Route 9 eastbound in Framingham and northbound ramps on Interstate 95 at Exit 32 in Burlington, according to the weather service.

In Lynn, officials responded to two men who became stranded on a sandbar while they were jet skiing in Lynn Harbor, said Lynn Fire Chief Stephen Archer. The men had gotten stuck right off the Blossom Street Extension around 5:30 p.m., Archer said.

“There were problems with their machine,” he said. “It was during the high winds and lightning was going on, so there were some concerns about that.”

Fire officials began preparing to send a rescue boat out, but the men eventually swam to shore on their own, Archer said.


In Framingham, a lightning bolt ignited a small one-alarm fire on the roof of a two-and-a-half-story group home around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Framingham Fire Chief Joe Hicks said.

A handful of residents were in the 90 Lincoln St. house at the time, and all of them were evacuated safely. The group home, owned by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, suffered about $25,000 in damages, he said.

“There was a whole lot of mayhem, but not a lot of damage,” Hicks said. “It’s a nice, old building that can be rebuilt.”

Hail was reported in multiple cities and towns in Connecticut — with some being described as tennis ball-sized — but in Massachusetts there were only a few reports in Hampden County, include about an inch and a half in Southwick and less than an inch in Granville.

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