By Jonathan Phelps
---- — A fast-moving thunder and lightning storm caused a flurry of public safety calls across the region early last night, including ones for homes struck by lightning in Salem and Marblehead.
There were 25 to 30 calls to Salem police around 6 p.m. that were storm related, said Salem Lt. Mary Butler.
The chimney of 34 Cabot St. was struck by lightning, which caused damage to the side of the home and a house next door, Butler said. There were no reports of injuries, but the building inspector was called in to assess the damage, she said.
The storm also caused water main breaks on Cabot Street, Geneva Street and the corner of Hancock and Canal Street. The Department of Public Works was called in to make repairs.
In Marblehead, police and fire reported a house in the area of Beacon Street and Captains Walk Lane was struck by lightning. There were no injuries or fire, but residents evacuated as a precaution. There was no substantial damage, and the homeowners were able to go back into the home, police said.
Several towns and cities reported trees or tree limbs in the street.