Microburst may have downed trees in Arlington
ARLINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A microburst may have been to blame for numerous downed trees after strong storms blew through Arlington Wednesday afternoon.
Many roads are impassable due to the amount of downed trees and power lines. Some Arlington homeowners say it is the worst damage they have ever seen.
“It was amazing. It was amazing to see,” said George Ryan, an Arlington resident.
George and Roberta Ryan say the storm that came barreling down Tufts Street in East Arlington looked like a scene out of the “Wizard of Oz.”
“All of this stuff here happened when I turned around and looked out the window, out the front door. Just like that. Everything,” George Ryan said.
“The funny thing is I said to my husband, I said, ‘There’s a tree on your truck,’ and then I looked in the backyard and everything is destroyed,” Roberta Ryan said.
Trees toppled like toothpicks and concrete sidewalks were ripped apart. Power lines were down everywhere.
Richard Haven garage was destroyed while he was out to dinner for his 79th birthday.
“This is a 205 Lexus LS 430. My pride and joy. It’s just got 40,000 miles on it and I just went out to dinner and I came back and…take a look,” Haven said.
With traffic lights down, police scrambled to handle the traffic flow. And that wasn’t their only concern.
“We’re trying to -- we have live wires and whatnot, trying to block off those areas until NStar can come into the area,” said Captain Richard Flynn, Arlington Police Department.
Residents could only look on in disbelief, wondering how a quiet summer afternoon could turn a neighborhood upside down in an instant.
“It was just seconds when all of this damage happened,” Roberta Ryan said.
“Well, you know, my reaction is nobody got hurt and thank God. The house looks okay,” Haven said.
Thousands were without power Wednesday night but luckily no one was hurt in the storms.
7News was told MEMA officials started to assess the damage in Arlington Wednesday night.