Here’s what the MBTA commuter rail — and commuters — faced during this week’s challenging storm

Officials say service is "largely" back to normal.

Commuters fill the platform during the morning rush at South Station over the summer. On Thursday, many commuters found storm-related delays facing them during their ride in.
Commuters fill the platform during the morning rush at South Station over the summer. On Thursday, many commuters found storm-related delays facing them during their ride in. –Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

Officials say the MBTA commuter rail service is “largely” back to normal following the massive storm that wreaked havoc across New England this week.

The storm’s severe winds and rain — which hit overnight early Thursday morning right before service began — resulted in downed trees, extensive flooding in certain areas, damage to trains, and widespread power outages, delaying trains across several lines during the Thursday commute, according to Tory Mazzola, a spokesman for Keolis, the MBTA’s commuter rail operator.

“While most of the network saw minor delays, the Newburyport/Rockport, Greenbush and Middleboro lines saw significant delays,” Mazzola told Boston.com.

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Passengers told WHDH that some trains were delayed by more than an hour, due to down trees, one of which hit and damaged a train door on the Greenbush line. Service on the Newburyport/Rockport line was also temporarily suspended due to trees falling across the tracks and blocking passage. According to Mazzola, one particular downed tree near Salem that was tangled in electrical wires resulted in the delays, in addition to “other storm-related incidents.”

Service on the Lowell Line was also delayed by flooding on the track in the Boston suburbs.

Mazzola says that MBTA and Keolis employees were “pre-positioned” in anticipation of the storm and worked to “clear dozens of downed trees, install additional pumps and activate generators.” He said service was largely back to normal Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. But that doesn’t mean it happened without more than a few hiccups.

Due to mechanical issues, several trains Thursday afternoon and Friday morning on the Providence line experienced delays of up to an hour and two outbound trains from Boston were canceled.

The storm’s effects also impacted parts of the MBTA’s subway system. On the Green Line’s D branch, shuttle buses replaced service Thursday morning between Riverside and Newton Highlands due to downed power wires near the Waban stop. By noon, regular service on the branch has resumed.

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