National Weather Service
Strong thunderstorms are rolling across the state, dousing it with rain and lashing it with high winds.
The damage includes trees and wires down in Boston's western suburbs, the National Weather Service reports this afternoon.
The service has issued severe thunderstorm warnings for areas on the North Shore and in southeastern Massachusetts as well as flood advisories, warning that the storms, dumping a quick half-inch to inch of rain, could cause ponding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
In North Plymouth, sections of Route 3A had puddles so deep some cars turned around rather than try to go through, and the waves caused by the cars and trucks that did venture into the murky waters lapped up against the doors of roadside houses.
The forecasters warned drivers during the evening commute to beware of sheets of rain suddenly reducing visibility through the windshield.
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