Heavy rain, wind knocks down trees in central Mass.

High winds and heavy rain swept through Massachusetts late Thursday afternoon, toppling trees and at least one telephone pole in Worcester County, the National Weather Service said.

And more rain and wind are expected as Tropical Storm Michael continues to lash the state, particularly the Cape and Islands, a forecaster said.

“The remnants of Michael are coming up tonight through tomorrow morning,” said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist in the weather service’s Norton office.

The storm, which developed into a category four hurricane that destroyed parts of the Florida Panhandle, slowly weakened as it headed north.


But its strong winds damaged several spots in central Massachusetts.

A tree toppled onto a parked SUV on Courtland Street in Milford, and multiple more fell on Central and Beaver streets, the weather service reported shortly after 4:45 p.m.

Another tree went through a home on Hopedale Street in Hopedale, the service said.

Trees were also downed on Farm Street in Bellingham, as well as on George and Main streets in Mendon, according to forecasters.

A Mendon dispatcher said a telephone pole was knocked over on Gaskill Street, blocking off traffic shortly before 6 p.m.

Greater Boston is expected to receive about an inch total of rain by the end of Thursday night and two inches by Friday morning, according to Simpson.

The Cape and Islands will get hit the worst, he said. Nantucket could receive 4 inches.

“The more south you go, the worse it gets,” he said.

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