Storm Knocks Out Power to 3,300 Tewksbury Homes
About 25 percent of the town without power; North Tewksbury hit hardest.
UPDATED 12:30 A.M. About 25 percent of the town was without power for about two hours Friday, as a storm featuring high winds and heavy rain ripped through the region.
While the storm didn't do the same level of damage it had the day before in Connecticut, its impact was clearly felt.
According to David Graves, a spokesman from National Grid, more than 3,300 customers had lost power between 10:35 a.nm. to 12:30 p.m. Another 2,200 cutomers just over the border in Andover also lost power.
Most of the damage was done by falling tree limbs snapping power lines due to high winds.
"We were getting gusts of over 40 miles an hour," said Graves. "The rain by itself didn't do any damage but the wind was taking down a lot of trees."
By 5 p.m., all but a handful of customers had their power restored.
At around 8:30 p.m., Tewksbury Rescue crews responded to a single-car accident on Pringle Road. According to a police spokesperson, the cause of the accident appeared to be excessive speed and the wet road conditions.
The driver, whose name has not yet released, was transported to Leahy Clinic for treatment.
Earlier in the day, the Tewksbury Fire Department had reported no serious accidents as a result of the storm, though they did have to rescue a person trapped in an elevator at the Fairfield Inn when the power went out. The guest was not injured.
Several roads had water accumulating along the sides, out into the street and a few had water covering the road completely. A flood watch from the National Weather Service is scheduled to remain in effect until 8 p.m.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor said he was not aware of any disruption to the school day as a result of the storm.
After school activities was another story, however. All outdoor athletic contests had to be postponed, including the football team's contest in Lawrence against Central Catholic. That game has been rescheduled to Saturday at 4:30 p.m.