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Power Is Restored Following Mass. Storms

A resident takes a photo of one of the about 100 trees that were downed when a microburst swept through Arlington Wednesday. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)
A resident takes a photo of one of the about 100 trees that were downed when a microburst swept through Arlington Wednesday. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

Power has been restored to almost all Massachusetts residents Thursday morning, after storms swept through eastern Massachusetts Wednesday, leaving some 30,000 customers without electricity.

Heavy rains, winds and hail downed trees and power lines, with reports of a funnel cloud spotted over the North Shore. Essex and Suffolk counties were briefly under a tornado warning Wednesday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, a microburst of wind downed about 100 trees in Arlington.

The Associated Press adds:

Lynn District Fire Chief Jack Barry said his city was hit by downpours, high winds, isolated tree damage and golf ball-sized hail. But he said there were no confirmed sightings of a funnel cloud there, and no damage to indicate any destructive, sustained wind.

Peter Judge, with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, says at this point, communities are using local resources to clean up.

"Fortunately there have not been any requests for assistance from local communities," Judge said. "Whatever is occuring locally is being handled locally at this point."

This program aired on July 19, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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