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High Winds Knock Out Power To Thousands In Mass.

Howling high winds and whipping rain are causing power outages across Massachusetts.

The state's major utilities reported a combined 16,000 customers without power just after noon Thursday, down from 38,000 earlier in the day. (For latest outages: National GridNStar, WMECO, Unitil)

The state experienced high winds and heavy rain in the early morning hours that toppled trees and utility poles, and ripped the roofs off schools in Raynham and Fall River before the start of the school day.

No injuries were reported.

Winds were gusting higher than 50 miles per hour in some places, with the Blue Hills Observatory outside Boston reporting an 81 mph gust at 6:33 a.m.

This program aired on January 31, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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