Live wires sparking fires after getting ripped down by high winds

Strong winds are toppling power lines and trees, knocking out power to thousands of customers across southern New England. The wires are also sparking fires across the region.

The National Weather Service said parts of Massachusetts saw wind gusts over 60 miles per hour on Monday. It says the strongest winds are expected to arrive Monday afternoon in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Trees were reported down on vehicles, buildings and utility lines across Massachusetts, including in Newton, Natick, Uxbridge, Duxbury, Hanover and Boston.

In Uxbridge, a tree came down on an oil delivery truck in a driveway, piercing the truck’s roof. Luckily, the driver was not in the truck at the time.

Some of the live wires have sparked fires in Ashland, Needham and Newton.

There were multiple wind-related injuries reported.

Earlier Monday, a series of snow squalls moved through the area bringing sudden slippery conditions and reduced visibility. Several crashes were reported.

More than 19,000 customers across Massachusetts were without power on Monday morning.

A high wind warning was in effect through Monday night for all of Massachusetts and most of New England.

“Damage to trees, power lines, and property are possible with winds of this magnitude,” meteorologists said. “Power outages are likely.”

More than 61,200 Massachusetts customers were in the dark as of Monday afternoon. Eversource reported more than 18,800 outages in Connecticut. National Grid said more than 5,600 customers were without power across Rhode Island Monday afternoon.

The same storm system brought wind gusts over 70 mph across western New York on Sunday, toppling trees and power lines, forcing roads to close and leaving thousands of utility customers in the dark.


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