Massachusetts Storm Impact: Flooding And Tornado Hits Cape Cod
Massachusetts was again hit with a few hours of very intense rain storms yesterday. Starting in the late morning hours and carrying through the afternoon, heavy gusts struck up and down the east coast of the state. There were some regions of Massachusetts that experienced flooding, and Cape Cod was hit by a tornado.
Let’s take a look at some of the specifics.
Boston.com reported, “Drivers were rescued from their cars in many communities across the state, from Lawrence to Somerville.” Along the North Shore, many towns were hit with over four inches of rain. Lawrence reported over six inches of rainfall. The streets in Lynn Township saw heavy flooding; cars even needed to be rescued out of the water. The same held true for North Andover, where main streets were submersed entirely by flooding.
One of the heaviest rain areas recorded was in Billerica, which was hit with 7.2 inches.
WCVB reported two tornadoes touched down in the Bay State. “The NWS said the EF-1 tornado touched down at 11:20 a.m. in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, and was on the ground for three minutes for less than a mile.” This tornado’s wind reached up to 95 miles per hour.
Just before noon yesterday, a second tornado was reported in the Barnstable area of Cape Cod. It was apparently on the grounds for approximately four minutes and registered up to 80 miles per hour winds. This resulted in significant damage that included fallen trees that were completely uprooted. In addition, electrical poles were down in some regions of Barnstable.
Through the month of July, the state had registered 10.53 inches of rain. With the heavy rainstorm in Massachusetts yesterday that included a Cape Cod tornado, that number is expected to be much higher by Labor Day.
We have the rest of the week to enjoy some decent weather. Sunny skies with a high of 86 degrees is expected through Saturday. Then Sunday, there’s a chance of more rain.