Severe storm tears through Southborough leaving damage in wake (Updated)

by beth on July 23, 2016

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Above: National Grid working to repair poles knocked into the reservoir by last night’s storm. (photo by Joao Melo)

storm damage on White Bagley Road (photo by Chris Wraight)Last night a sudden, severe storm with estimated 60 mph winds, lightning, torrential rain and hail tore through town. Damage in its wake includes many downed trees and lines, power outages, and at least one crushed car.

Town officials are warning residents this morning that several roads are still closed due to downed trees and lines. Police are asking residents to obey signs and travel safely.

According to National Grid, more than 1/3 of Southborough “customers” were out of power last night. Some of us got power back early this morning. But NGrid’s latest update shows close to 1/4 of town isn’t expected to get power back until noon on Sunday.

It’s not surprising, since the storm knocked several utility poles into the reservoir along the Boston Road (Route 30) causeway. As of now, utility crews are still working to replace them.

A reader shared the above photo of a car pinned by a downed tree along the White Bagley Road side of the reservoir. He also tells me there are massive tree limbs down by the cemetery on Route 85.

hail from last night's storm (photo by Beth Melo)Storm alerts after 5:30 pm last night shared potential for a thunderstorm. Updates after 7:00 pm began warning of severe storms with 60 mph winds and quarter sized hail moving through towns at 25 – 35 mph. The storm hit our town around 8:00 pm and seemed to last about 10 minutes.

Southborough Wicked Local reported on damage to the area. The following is the status last night: 

There are trees down on top of cars blocking Rte. 9 in Framingham. At one location, a tree crushed a car on the westbound side of Rte. 9 near Oak Crest Drive. There were several people trapped in cars. First responders are not reporting serious injuries but said people have cuts from flying and broken glass.

Some roads are also flooded from the heavy rain. Fire departments and public works crews are awaiting utility workers to deal with numerous live wires down on roads and houses.

It’s unclear if the storm that swept through was a microburst.

According to Southborough Police Chief Ken Paulhus, there are over 30 down trees and power outages throughout town. Traffic lights on Rte. 9 are also out.

Updated (7/23/16 10:15 am): Took more photos of what’s happened around town. Damage at cemetery, Fayville playground, and Boston Road causeway. You can see them on the Facebook page.

1 John Rooney July 23, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Chainsawing neighbors out of their driveways.

2 Anita July 23, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Some of us don’t “do” Facebook so it woukd be super helpful if items of interest were on the webpage ☺ Thanks!

3 beth July 24, 2016 at 11:28 AM

It was the quickest way to handle the photos on the go over the weekend. (I don’t normally work on weekends – it’s family time.)

But you don’t need to join Facebook for the link to work. Just treat it like a regular website link!

4 Anita July 24, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Thanks, Beth, I didn’t realize that ☺

5 mike fuce July 26, 2016 at 9:27 AM

I thought the Ngrid crews did a tremendous job this time. It was also a 90 degree plus day they were working in on a weekend. How about a random act of kindness when you see them… thank them, bring a pitcher of water, and be courteous. People were actually giving the work crew in front of my house a bunch of razz, so sad. My house was fine so my neighbor and I cleaned up Parkerville in front of Finn so people could get through. It was good to see some of the common folk pitching in like the old days. Thank you NGRID.

6 Hewitt Heiserman July 26, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Thank you to our police department, fire department, Mark Purple, Karen Galligan, Selectmen Paul Cimino and John Rooney, National Grid, Verizon, and everyone else who worked tirelessly to restore power ASAP. Great leadership, great team effort!

Thank you all.

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