Winds cause damage in Worcester County

Several trees came down when winds whipped through parts of Worcester County late Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologist Lenore Correia said the damage was caused by straight-line winds, which are essentially “an isolated or concentrated area of really strong winds from a storm.”

“If we get some strong thunderstorms, it tends to happen,” she said.

The first report came in at 4:40 p.m. after several trees went down on Central Street, Beaver Street, and Courtland Street in Milford. One of the downed trees fell on an SUV that was parked on Courtland Street, according to the National Weather Service website.


Within minutes, the weather service received reports of downed trees on George Street and Main Street in Mendon, as well as a downed pole on Haskell Street.

At 4:55 p.m., there was a report of a tree down through a house on Hopedale Street in Hopedale and multiple trees down on Farm Street in Bellingham.

Correia said the winds in Worcester gusted to 25 miles per hour Thursday, but the speed of the winds that caused the damage in Bellingham, Hopedale, Mendon, and Milford were “likely higher than that.”

Correia said 38-mile-per-hour gusts were reported in Norwood, but the weather service did not receive any reports of damage there. The winds that caused the damage in Worcester County were “probably closer to 38 mph, to put down the trees like that,” she said.

Thursday’s storm dropped more than an inch of rain in Bellingham (1.12) and Milford (1.27), and even higher totals were observed in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard, according to the National Weather Service website.

Among the highest rainfall totals were in Pembroke (2.96), Fairhaven (2.57), Norton (2.48), West Tisbury (2.41), and Chatham (2.40), according to the weather service.

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