More than 3 trees toppled by wind block traffic as severe thunderstorm warnings are issued
Strong gusts of wind that are preceding some predicted severe thunderstorms toppled at least three massive trees that blocked major roadways in Jamaica Plain, the Back Bay, and Brighton, Boston parks officials said.
One tree fell at around 3:30 p.m. on the outbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue near Dartmouth Street; one blocked a roadway near 74 Heath St. in Jamaica Plain; and another blocked Euston Road at Washington Street in Brighton, Boston parks officials said.
As wind speeds reached 50 miles per hour Sunday afternoon according to National Weather Service meteorologists, Boston parks officials said they received at least a dozen calls about fallen trees blocking traffic. Tree-cutting crews were being sent around 6 p.m. to dismantle the tree on Commonwealth Avenue — which can take up to three hours, officials said — before moving on.
The fallen trees also come as the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch from Berkshire to Middlesex counties through 8 p.m. today.
The warning also covers Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties.
In Springfield and Worcester, thunderstorms and strong winds were already in progress this afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said.
Strong winds over Springfield, measured at about 40 miles an hour, will likely subside “gradually, through sunset, as you lose the heating of the day,” Simpson said.
Showers are expected to move into Boston this evening, with thunderstorms possible before dawn, Simpson said.
Rain is expected to continue through the morning commute Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures will likely fall into the mid-60s and stay lower than they had over the weekend, reaching a high in the mid-70s Monday.Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at email@example.com.