Powerful storms bring flooding, lightning strikes to Cape Cod

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

Torrential rain pounded parts of Cape Cod around 9 a.m. Cars in Orleans were submerged by rapidly rising floodwaters. In areas near Harwichport, lightning, thunder and howling winds made for a frightening morning.

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

The majority of the storms moved out but thousands were left without power on the outer Cape.

A bolt of lightning struck a home in New Bedford. Firefighters responding to Butler Street about 8 a.m. were greeted by smoke billowing from the attic of a home, officials said.

An overhead photo of the home showed damage to the chimney and roof. No injuries were reported.

Photo: David Curran

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