Storms cause widespread damage across Mass.
NORTH READING, Mass. (WHDH) -- Storms created a flood of trouble across the Bay State on Wednesday.
The rain came down fast, flooding roads in Lynn and Malden. Cars were virtually submerged in water as rains caused levels to rise fast. Rescue crews had to help people trapped in those cars.
Downed trees also created big problems especially in North Reading.
Kelsey Curtis was outside her Woburn office when she recorded what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms is a funnel cloud.
“It a split second rain was pouring it was still thundering and lightning. It was so dark you couldn’t see. The rain was coming in sideways,” said Curtis
That storm that moved through Woburn just before 2 Wednesday afternoon also slammed into North Reading.
“It got pitch black. The wind started -- actually the rain started, then the wind started, trees were just laying horizontal,” one woman said.
Neighbors on Pomeroy Road and Francis Street saw nearly a dozen trees snapped and believe lighting hit two trees, stripping them of their bark.
“I was looking out window of my truck and saw a big flash and bang and I knew immediately that’s all, that’s what it must be; a tree got hit by lightning,” said one man.
On the same street, a tree crashed onto Laura Wall's parent's house, creating an unwanted skylight -- so she came out with her three daughters to help with the cleanup.
By late Wednesday afternoon, flooding was still a problem in places like Lynn and lightning was still sparking in Woburn.
It's a summer storm - novice storm chaser like Kelsey won't soon forget.
“It was thrilling but also kind of scary at the same time,” said Curtis said.
NOAA said they will examine the damage in the area to see if it was in fact a microburst that passed through.