Storms Take Down Trees and Wires in Mass., More to Come Saturday

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As storms crossed New England Friday, trees and wires came down in Massachusetts.

The Topsfield Fire Department said around 4:15 p.m. that it had received about 20 calls in 45 minutes.

Callers reported trees falling on vehicles, wires coming down and electrical fires in buildings, fire officials said.

Friday night: Warm and humid, scattered showers and storms. Low in the 70s. Saturday: Sun and clouds, afternoon showers and storms, high in the 80s.

The department warned people to stay away from downed wires and any electrical equipment that could be hazardous.

At one point, more than 4,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts. By 11 p.m., there were under 750.

Overnight Friday, we should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, fog and drizzle, maybe a thunderstorm, low temperature in the 70s. Timing the weekend precipitation is a huge challenge, as waves of energy are going to be rippling along the stalled front.

Most of southern New England should be warm and humid again Saturday with a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms highs in the 80s. It looks cooler for northern New England with morning showers and thunderstorms, and temperatures holding in the 60s and 70s.

The threat for showers and storms spreads south and east later in the afternoon, so that leaves perhaps a few hours of nice beach and outdoor weather in southern and eastern New England the first part of our weekend.

There is potential for continuous downpours and localized flash flooding Saturday night, especially in central and southern New England, where rainfall may be measured in inches once again.

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