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Strong winds topple trees, down wires in Quincy

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 31, 2013 10:53 AM

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About 90 customers in Quincy were without power Thursday morning after strong winds toppled trees and wires Wednesday night.

According to Police Captain John Dougan, power was out in various parts of the city, where several trees had given way under the wind. House alarms had also been going off throughout the night as sensitive systems reacted to the strong gusts.

Officials were unsure how high wind gusts got in the city’s center, but at the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, winds were as high as 80 miles per hour.

Though some did lose power, mayoral spokesman Christopher Walker said power outages hadn’t been overly problematic.

“Generally, if there are major issues, that’s when [power problems] would be reported to City Hall. There are few, if any, calls relative to power failures to our office, so our sense is there were most likely power outages that were handled in an efficient way and weren’t widespread,” Walker said.

A bigger problem had been downed trees and limbs.

Walker said the city had received about 25 calls for downed limbs. While that debris did not close any roads, it will keep the Forestry Department busy for the next day or so.

“This wasn’t an extraordinary event, so I don’t think it will take any more than a day for the cleanup,” Walker said.

There also were some uprooted trees.

On Conant Road in the Merrymount section, a tree had been uprooted and fell on a house. Trees on Willet Street had also been uprooted, but there were no reports of significant property damage.

Skies were calming back down by Thursday afternoon, but weather advisories are cautioning against high winds until 6 p.m. Thursday night.

According to weatherforyou.com, http://weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?config=warningsbox&forecast=warnings&place=quincy&state=ma&zipcode=02169&country=us&county=25021&icao=KMQE&zone=maz016&cwa=BOXwinds were blowing west 15 to 25 miles an hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

“The strongest winds have already occurred. Winds will slowly subside through this afternoon,” the website said.

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