After Storms Sweep Across State, Downed Trees, strength Outages Left Behi…

TAUNTON, MA (CBS) – Saturday evening’s storm was quick but powerful, bringing down trees and strength lines in several places, and in Taunton, catching neighbors by surprise.

“The whole house was shaking really bad. The wind was slapping against my doors out back,” said one man without strength on Thrasher Street.

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The wind gusts brought down a tree that became tangled up in strength lines – knocking out electricity to most of the street.

“We just heard a big smash, a big bang – me and my neighbor,” said Robert Smith.

Storms brought trees down on strength lines in Taunton. (WBZ-TV)

Utility crews were high up in bucket trucks, working against the wind and bitter cold to restore strength to those in the dark.

The Lopes family was barbequing when the storm rolled by.

“We put the flashlights up and just waited for the strength to come back,” said Mikaell Lopes.

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The longer they waited, the colder it got. Temperatures hovered in the 40s in Taunton, but the wind made it feel much chillier.

“It’s starting to get cold now. It’s supposed to get cold tonight, they’re saying. They’re working on it,” said Smith while holding a battery-operated light.

Neighbors are doing their best to stay charged up and warm until the strength comes back on.

“I got my laptop and batteries out, so as long as my batteries keep up out I’ll be alright,” said one woman

In Ashland, a tree damaged building and vehicles in the area. (Photo credit: Ashland Fire Department)

While rough weather hit the south coast and cape especially hard – with the National Weather Service posting tornado warnings for Dukes and Barnstable counties – other areas felt the damage, too. More than 9,000 homes were without strength across the state.

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In Ashland, lightning hit a tree on President’s Row, sending it crashing to the ground and damaging buildings and cars in the area.

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