Tropical Storm Isaias

Isaias Knocks Out Power for Hundreds of Thousands Across New England

There were reports of downed trees across the area, while the Mayflower II sailing ship took shelter from the storm in New Bedford, Massachusetts

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There were widespread power outages in New England, including hundreds of thousands of people in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as high winds from Tropical Storm Isaias wreaked havoc across the area.

The center of the storm, formerly a hurricane, has kept to the west of new England, but the system still sparked tornado warnings in much of the area Tuesday morning and afternoon.

Tropical Storm Isaias sent high winds and occasionally intense rain blowing across Massachusetts Tuesday, damaging homes and vehicles.

More than 215,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts Tuesday night and nearly 600,000 lost power in Connecticut. There were about 127,000 outages in Rhode Island, 83,000 outages in New Hampshire and nearly 18,000 in Vermont.

As of Wednesday morning, over 150,000 people remained without power.

Trees were knocked over across the area, crushing vehicles, damaging homes, blocking streets and even halting trolley service on the MBTA Green Line.

A Rehoboth man was trapped under a large tree that fell in the extremely strong winds.

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"He said he couldn't run fast enough to get out from underneath it," said neighbor Ralph Potter. "And it got him, the edges of the branches got him, knocked him down."

Family members of the victim say he has lots of abrasions and injuries to his shoulders.

He was rescued by firefighters, who removed the tree.

"Him and his wife heard something crack and he went out to check and looking around, the thing came down on him," said Potter, who ran to the scene after getting a frantic call from the man's wife.

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A massive tree came down Tuesday evening on the Oxford home of Roger and Myrtle Bacon, decimating their porch and ruining their slate roof.

"I was sitting at the kitchen table, and we have a beautiful porch, and I'm watching the news, and all of a sudden, there was this noise, and down came the tree and took the whole porch," said Roger Bacon.

Massachusetts' state-run waterfronts and pools closed at 3 p.m. in preparation for the storm, and state-run parks in western and central Massachusetts closed then as well, according to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The Mayflower II, the full-size replica of the Pilgrims' ship the Mayflower, took shelter from the storm in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where it was tied up at a pier Tuesday.

Officials in New Bedford had closed their beaches due to the forecast of strong winds and possible rip tides. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said the high surf also factored into the decision.

"We do have beaches out on the peninsula, so we've made the decision, the mayor's made the decision, to close the beaches so we don't have any issues with somebody going out there and getting hurt," said Brian Nobrega, New Bedford's emergency management director.

High tide on Tuesday night was only expected to cause minor coastal flooding.

The Multi-Agency Coordination Center was providing sandbags to Provincetown, and remained on standby for all resource requests from other communities.

Tuesday: Inland showers and downpours develop, expanding east late. Wind gusts approaching 70 mph. Highs in the 80s.

Utility crews were busy preparing for issues. National Grid said it had brought in more than 300 outside crews to help service southern New England. Eversource pre-staged crews on Martha's Vineyard, and contacted customers with special medical needs.

To report an outage:

Massachusetts:
Columbia 1-800-525-8222

Connecticut:
Eversource - 800-286-2000 *All regions
National Grid - 1-800-465-1212 *For all regions
UI (along the coast) 1.800.722.5584

Rhode Island:
Pascoag 401-568-6222.
Block Island - 401-466-5851

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