Tens of thousands without power as high winds wreak havoc across southeast Massachusetts

BOSTON (WHDH) - Tens of thousands of people were left in the dark Friday as powerful winds gusted to as much as 70 mph along the coastline of southeastern Massachusetts.

More than 86,000 residents from Berkshire to Barnstable county were left without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for parts of Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket counties through 8 p.m.

Downed tree limbs created hazardous conditions for motorists and pedestrians alike in Uxbridge, Falmouth, Hopedale, and Wellesley.

The weather service also issued a wind advisory for much of the state through 10 p.m.

Some of the hardest-hit towns were Stoughton who reported 98 percent of residents without power. Pembroke and Rochester also reported more than half of residents without electricity as of 5:30 p.m.

Winds are due to subside slowly overnight.

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