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These photos show how sudden and serious today’s thunderstorms were

Severe thunderstorms across the Boston region on Wednesday
Severe thunderstorms hit Boston and the area on Wednesday afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms were rumbling through the region Wednesday, with the storm hitting Boston shortly before 4 p.m.

One photo posted to Twitter showed the storm moving into Boston, where stifling humidity and temperatures in the 90s had dominated for most of the day.

Another photo showed lightning striking in the Boston area.

Meanwhile, a torrent of rainfall could be seen rushing down a ramp at Fenway Park.

And in Dorchester’s Savin Hill, hail could be seen around 3:50 p.m.

A downed tree in Dorchester.
A downed tree in Dorchester.Photo courtesy of Gabriel Edelman

Boston Harbor Cruises also tweeted a photo, captured around 4 p.m. by a water taxi captain, that showed both sunny and dark skies, as well as rough seas.

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On Beacon Hill, Ryan Boehm shot video from the 21st floor of the McCormack Building showing a lightning strike near the Prudential Center.

In Downtown Boston, the sudden storms caused people to scurry to their destinations.

A man ran down Atlantic Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
A man ran down Atlantic Avenue Wednesday afternoon.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
A woman went shoeless on Atlantic Avenue.
A woman went shoeless on Atlantic Avenue. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Cambridge also saw localized storms.

A pedestrian jumped over a puddle as he navigated his way across Mass. Ave in Central Square.
A pedestrian jumped over a puddle as he navigated his way across Mass. Ave in Central Square. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
A woman picked her way through a giant puddle at the end of a crosswalk along Mass. Ave in Central Square.
A woman picked her way through a giant puddle at the end of a crosswalk along Mass. Ave in Central Square.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

In Winthrop, one resident caught the damaging winds on video.

Meanwhile, a lightning strike lit up the sky near Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Further north, a menacing storm cloud could be seen over the water at Seabrook Beach in New Hampshire.