Wild weather causes extensive damage across MA

LYNN, Mass. (WHDH) — Bay State residents saw everything from high winds to flash floods.

During the worst of the storm in Lynn, trees came tumbling down, including one tree that crashed into a fence before landing in a pool.

The storm caused damage in several towns and cities in Massachusetts and experts said a weak tornado touched down in Connecticut.

In Lynn, falling trees thudded so loud, resident Shirley Jackson could feel it in her chest.

"I just moved away from it and I heard the cracking sound, and there it went,” said Jackson.

People who live in Agawam fared even worse.

Trees split and splintered, snapped sign posts, downed power lines and damaged roofs.

The National Weather Service said it was a microburst with straight-line winds reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour, leaving a one-and-a-half mile path of damage.

"Just was like a big explosion, boom, that quick, and by the time I got upstairs it was gone."

In one parking lot alone, dozens of trucks and cars crushed.

"We could hear some sort of booms going on and then, like I said, the next thing I know, one of my co-workers was crying because that is actually her truck parked over there and the tree went right down on her truck,” said an employee.

The storm was much more dangerous in East Windsor, Connecticut where an EF-1 tornado touched down.

A sports dome – where 30 children were playing inside – ripped apart.

Everyone managed to find shelter under tables in another building.

Closer to home, in Lowell, heavy rainfall and rising waters created problems.

Surveillance cameras from a Meineke Car Care showed a flooded parking lot, as drivers tried to get through.

"Oh, we have waterfront property when this happens,” said Scott Wallace.

Heavy rain also backed up storm drains in Ipswich.

Cleanup began immediately in many towns, like Methuen where crews were busy Tuesday morning chopping up limbs, clearing leaves and debris from the street – and hoping for some relief.

The cleanup process was well underway for many people Tuesday morning, but everyone was keeping their eyes on the sky as the region expected to see more of these storms late Tuesday.