Severe storms leave behind trail of damage

MILLBURY, Mass. (WHDH) – Severe storms that pounded Massachusetts Tuesday with heavy rain, fierce winds, hail and lightning left behind a trail of damage.

Worcester County was among the hardest-hit areas. A tornado watch was in effect across central Massachusetts for several hours as the storms rumbled through.

A vacant home in Millbury caught fire after it was struck by lightning, ripping a hole in the roof. Millbury Fire Chief Richard Hamilton said flames were shooting from the home when crews arrived on scene. The fire has since been extinguished. No injuries were reported.

Howling winds toppled a massive tree in Auburn. It landed on power lines, knocking out power in the area.

Heavy, soaking rain left many high-traffic areas under water, including parts of Chelsea and Arlington. An exit off Route 290 in Worcester was completely flooded out.

The storm has since cleared out and the weather on Wednesday will be cooler before warm temperatures return on Thursday.

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