Downed trees, flooding cause Commuter Rail delays, cancellations in Massachusetts

LYNN, MASS. (WHDH) - Service on several Commuter Rail lines experienced delays or cancellations Thursday morning after a potent coastal storm wreaked havoc across Massachusetts.

Trains were delayed or canceled on the Fairmount, Fitchburg, Framingham/Worcester, Franklin, Greenbush, Haverhill, Kingston/Plymouth, Lowell, Middleborough/Lakeville, Needham, Newburyport/Rockport, and Providence/Stoughton lines due to power outages, flooding and downed trees or wires.

Normal service has since resumed on all lines, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Commuter Rail alerts.

The delays and cancellations left many commuters frustrated, including Melanie McKinnon.

“It’s been kind of like an hour and a half just making it from Salem to Lynn Station,” she explained.

A tree had fallen on the tracks of the Newburyport/Rockport Line, causing serious backups.

Parts of the Lowell Line tracks flooded out, making it impassable.

The heaviest rain and peak wind gusts hit Massachusetts between midnight and 5 a.m., with spotty drizzle and light showers lingering throughout the morning.

The wind downed trees and branches in many communities, causing hundreds of thousands of power outages.

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