Violent storms bring lightning, flooding, hail

BOXFORD, Mass. –

Violent thunderstorms with vivid lightning and gusty winds moved through the region late Saturday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings for much of eastern Massachusetts warning of storms with winds of greater than 60 mph.

The storms brought torrential rain and hail was reported in Weston. Some communities like Medford also experienced severe flooding from the storm.

The thunderstorms may have been to blame for blowing three skydivers off-course in Dunstable.

According to the Lowell Sun, firefighters responded to  Skydive Pepperell at about 5 p.m. where they found one person stuck in a tree and suffering from a back injury. The paper reported that two other skydivers were taken to area hospitals with unknown injuries.

As of 7:00 p.m., 25,000 National Grid customers were without power, mostly in the Merrimack Valley.

Trees and limbs were down throughout the region.

In Waltham, part of a retaining wall collapsed on Interstate 95 southbound, just north of exit 20. State police said the breakdown lane and right travel lane were closed. In the same area, the two left lanes were closed due to flooding.

Friday, a person was knocked down by a nearby lightning strike on as powerful thunderstorms also moved across the region.

The incident happened in Bolyston about 5:10 p.m. on Main Street, according to Boylston fire officials.

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