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July 4, 2014

Storm causes power outages on North Shore

Marblehead fireworks cancelled, West Beach display postponed to Monday

The North Shore was spared the brunt of Hurricane Arthur, but the storm did knock down trees and power lines causing scattered power outages in several communities Thursday night into Friday. The storm also fizzled Independence Day fireworks plans for much of the coastal area.

Significant outages were reported in Beverly and Swampscott late Thursday night, shortly after thunder and lightning began in earnest around 11 p.m.

Approximately 300 National Grid customers in the Prospect Hill neighborhood of Beverly were left in the dark for about 14 hours after a pole came down at the corner of Cabot Street and Columbus Avenue. Power was knocked out around 11:30 p.m. Thursday and wasn’t restored until around 1:30 p.m. Friday. Police provided traffic details while repairs were made.

Nearly 200 customers were reportedly without power in Swampscott in the area of Humphrey Street on Thursday after a utility pole was struck by lightning on Puritan Road. Power wasn’t restored until Friday afternoon.

Salem police also reported power was knocked out at the station for several minutes Thursday night and a similar brief outage occurred over at the firehouse on Lynn Street in Peabody.

Elsewhere around the North Shore, numerous reports of downed trees and power lines came in Thursday night and the following morning amid heavy downpours and strong winds, in several cases making roads impassable and damaging homes and vehicles.

The fireworks for Danvers were moved to Saturday — still at Plains Park — while Salem will shoot them off Sunday at Derby Wharf. The fireworks and harbor illumination planned at West Beach in Beverly have been postponed to Monday. 

A Facebook post from the Marblehead Police Department Saturday morning said fireworks in the town were cancelled, as the barge containing the explosives could not be safely brought into the harbor.

A flash flood warning from the National Weather Service was still in effect for Essex County until 4 a.m. Saturday.

“Extremely heavy downpours could cause life-threatening flash flooding from small streams or runoff in urban areas. Be prepared to act quickly if warnings are issued,” the weather service said in an update Friday night.

The storm is expected to clear up later Saturday morning with temperatures in the high 70s.

You can reach John Castelluccio at 978-338-2527, or via Twitter at @SNjcastelluccio.




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