Parts of Cape Cod swamped following fierce storms

ORLEANS, MASS. (WHDH) - A round of severe thunderstorms brought flooding and dozens of lightning strikes to parts of southeastern Massachusetts Thursday morning, leaving some roads impassable and knocking out power to hundreds.

Torrential rain pounded parts of Cape Cod beginning around 9 a.m.

Cars in Orleans were submerged by rapidly rising floodwaters and in communities in the Harwichport area, lightning, thunder and howling winds made for a frightening morning.

A house in Orleans caught fire after getting hit by lightning.

Route 6 was closed between Exit 12 and the Orleans rotary due to a downed power line, according to MassDOT.

After the storms moved out to sea, scores of area residents were left without power on the outer Cape.

As of 9 p.m., nearly 300 people were still without power.

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