High Winds Knock Out Power to Westford Homes, May 15

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High winds and drenching rain knocked the power out in reportedly 30,000 Massachusetts homes on Friday, May 15.

Fallen trees were everywhere in Westford on May 16, the morning after high winds knocked them down. PHOTO BY KAREN POKROSS

Westford resident Terry Eliasen, executive weather producer for WBZ/CBS, Boston, tweeted that the storm may have been a microburst, a sudden localized air current.

At 17  Tenney Road, fallen trees barely missed the house and parked cars. The weight of the trees on wires left the residents with no electricity. On Saturday afternoon, May 16, tree removal companies lined Keyes Road, an offshoot of Tenney. Roads were closed in several locations as late as 5 p.m., including Depot Street.

A tree service truck at a Keyes Road property. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

The storm brought down trees in Chelmsford and Groton, as well.