Wind gusts topple trees, damage infrastructure

BEVERLY (WHDH) - Gusty winds knocked down trees and caused severe damage across Massachusetts overnight Sunday.

In Beverly, wind blew over a tree that took down a telephone poll. Branches and wires spilled into the street, and the tree smashed into a parked car.

The tree, which narrowly missed a home garage, cracked a window of the car.

No one was injured by the tree or live power lines.

A similar incident happened in Scituate, where severe winds forced a tree through the roof of the former Allen Memorial Library.

The 105-year-old building was severely damaged.

In West Roxbury, gusts toppled over another tree that obstructed the road.

Strong winds and dangerous driving and weather conditions could impact the Monday morning commute, said the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

MassDOT issued warnings for winter conditions, citing melting snow and freezing temperatures as a potentially dangerous combination:

Crews have been deployed in some areas of the state since this afternoon pretreating roads in anticipation of overnight freezing temperatures.  The melting snow and rain has left the pavement wet and in danger of freezing as temperatures drop.

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