Roads are closed, power goes out as powerful storms hammer Cape Cod

Flooding due to heavy rain in the parking lot of Friends Marketplace in Orleans Thursday.
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Flooding due to heavy rain in the parking lot of Friends Marketplace in Orleans Thursday.

Streets flooded, and trees and wires were brought down as severe thunderstorms rolled through Cape Cod Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 3,000 customers were without power in Barnstable County as of 1 p.m. Those numbers declined as the afternoon progressed. As of 4:17 p.m., 924 customers remained without power in the county. Several hundred more were without power around the state, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

A fire was sparked by lightning in a town house on Sea Pines Drive in Brewster. The fire was contained to the third-floor bathroom, but two firefighters were injured: one suffered a hand laceration and the other heat exhaustion, Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran said.


Route 6A was closed around 10:30 a.m. due to flooding. Three cars got stuck in water that reached the vehicles’ windows, Brewster Police Officer Matthew Marshall said. The road was reopened an hour later, he said.

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Route 6 near the Orleans rotary was closed around 10:45 a.m. because of fallen trees and wires down on the road, said State Police Sergeant Nicole Morrell. State Police tweeted shortly after 1 p.m. that it had reopened.

Street flooding and downed tree limbs were reported in Eastham on Bracket, Nauset, Schoolhouse, and Old County roads, the weather service tweeted around 11:30 a.m.

Orleans saw 10 to 12 inches of street flooding, with water reaching the floorboards of SUVs, according to reports fielded by the weather service.

Over four inches of rain fell in some areas of the Cape in the past 20 hours, including 4.55 inches in Orleans and 4.37 inches in Brewster, the weather service said.

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