Rain has started in Boston this afternoon, signaling the arrival of the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole, which is expected to soon bring heavy rain and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour to the area, according to the National Weather Service.
A high wind warning is in effect for eastern Massachusetts until 5 p.m., and there will be a flood watch through the evening, according to the NWS.
NWS meteorologist Bill Simpson that the Boston area should get about an inch of rain and said that the flood watch is in effect “mostly for small stream and urban stream flooding.”
In Natick, a large section of a tree split from the trunk and fell into a home on Walcott Street. No one was injured, and the house is up for sale and is unoccupied.
There doesn’t appear to be any serious damage, only some minor damage to some decorative trim on the roof, said real estate broker Diane Sullivan, who is listing the home.
“And I’m hoping so because we just accepted an offer on it two days ago,” she said.
The tree was already scheduled for removal by a city arborist because it was diseased and old, she said.
Frank Sinclair, who lives across the street from the Natick house, said he was watching the morning news when he heard a loud crackling sound outside.
“I looked out in the street because that’s the time the kids walk down the street to go to the elementary school and lo and behold that tree came down and landed on the roof of that house,” he said.
According to the NWS, the rain should stop in the Greater Boston area around 8 p.m. and skies will start to gradually clear after midnight, making way for a nice weekend. Cool air masses will move in from southern Canada, bringing drier air with temperatures in the mid 60s on Saturday, he said.
“It’ll be a refreshing change from the tropical air mass to a more seasonal air mass,” said Simpson.
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