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NWS: Microburst Touched Down in Mass.

The National Weather Service determined that a microburst-- with straight line winds between 80 and 90 MPH -- tore through Ipswich, Massachusetts

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    The National Weather Service determined that a microburst-- with straight line winds between 80 and 90 MPH -- tore through Ipswich, Massachusetts. (Published Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014)

    A microburst touched down in Massachusetts on Saturday, the National Weather Service said, leaving fallen trees, downed power lines and other damage.

    The National Weather Service determined that a microburst-- with straight line winds between 80 and 90 MPH -- tore through Ipswich.

    According to the National Weather Service, a microburst is a downdraft in a thunderstorm that is less than 2.5 miles in scale. Some microbursts can cause comparable damage to a tornado.

    Tornado warnings were initially sent out for Worcester County, Franklin County, Essex County and Middlesex County in Massachusetts and Hillsborough County in New Hampshire, however, they were later cancelled. Severe thunderstorms rolled through those areas as well as parts of Connecticut and Maine.

    Downed trees and power lines were reported afterward.

    According to local power companies, some remained without power on Sunday morning. The majority of these customers were located in Essex County, which is north of Boston along the coast of Massachusetts where Ipswich is located.

    Police confirmed that 2,000 customers of Ipswich Electric Light were without power Saturday, but only 150 remained without power by 2 p.m. Sunday.

    Two women were struck by lightning off the coast of Ipswich and remained in critical condition Sunday.

    The Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line was delayed in Ipswich around 6 p.m. Saturday, due to downed trees on the tracks at Mineral Street. About 40 passengers were delayes on that train for at least an hour. There were several residual delays as a result.

    There were more minor commuter rail delays on the Haverhill and Lowell lines. All of the trains were leaving from Boston's North Station.