Power outages, a scaffolding collapse, and downed trees mark wild windstorm

Gusts hit 78 miles per hour atop Mt. Tom in Holyoke from the howling winds.

A howling windstorm that brought upwards of 50 mile-per-hour wind gusts to much of Massachusetts Monday night left behind a trail of havoc, from power outages to downed trees and other damages.

In Boston, a seven-story scaffolding set, approximately 200 to 250 feet long, was “dislodged because of the wind” at a construction site on St. Alphonosus Street around 11 p.m., Boston Deputy Fire Chief Pat Nichols told WHDH.

“There was a significant amount of debris in the street,” Nichols said.

No one was around the site when the scaffolding fell, he said. No injuries were reported.

“It’s very fortunate that nobody was hurt,” Nichols told the station. “It could have been a lot worse if there was anybody around.”


In other pockets of the Bay State, trees came crashing down due to the high winds.

In Haverhill, one tree landed on Devon Cunningham’s home, according to WHDH.

Cunningham said two tree limbs poked through his roof and into the residence after the fall.

“It was shocking,” his son, Phillip Cunningham, told the news outlet. “I walked out the bathroom and the next thing I know I hear a boom and I walked in the bathroom and there’s a big dent in the wall. It was pretty shocking.”

No one was injured and the family is grateful for that, according to WHDH.

“The house can be replaced. The cars can be replaced,” Devon Cunningham said. “But you can’t replace someone’s life.”

The wind also knocked off power in some communities. As of 8:47 a.m. Tuesday, over 37,000 customers were without power across the state, according to an online outage map maintained by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

National Weather Service data indicated the highest peak wind gusts in the state as of 8 a.m. were recorded at Mt. Tom in Holyoke at 78 miles per hour and in Provincetown at 76 miles per hour. At Boston’s Carson Beach, winds peaked at 63 miles per hour.


The wind also made for some frigid wind chill values across the region with a low of -11 degrees recorded in Fitchburg, according the NWS.

Still, that was rather balmy compared to conditions atop New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington. At 7 a.m., the NWS reported a wind chill of -80 degrees with over 100 mile-per-hour wind speeds.

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