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    Wind Causes Extensive Storm Damage

    Reports of downed trees and power lines have been coming in from across Massachusetts after a day full of strong winds and rain. (Published Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018)

    Heavy rain and high winds have led to power outages across Massachusetts.

    "A lot of wind... a lot of wind," Charlie Morse, a Newton homeowner, said.

    The third floor of a home in Lowell was crushed. Apparently, it completely split in half. Luckily the homeowner got up out of bed to go out with his brother before the tree fell.

    A big mess was left on West Street in Wilmington. Residents there lost power, and it could be days before they get it back.

    Strong Winds Cause Damage in Wilmington

    [NECN] Strong Winds Cause Damage in Wilmington

    High winds moved across the region on Saturday, leaving downed trees and power outages across New England.

    (Published Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018)

    Several downed wires were left tangled on the ground, blocking people in their driveways. A tree fell on a car driving by.

    Residents say they're glad no one was hurt.

    Nick Zanelli and his wife are residents on West Street. They were the first ones to call 911 after an electrical pole was downed.

    "So we heard a big boom. We came out and looked at it. Everyone was okay, and that's all that matters," he said.

    Zanelli admits he didn't think the wind could have possibly snapped an electrical pole in half.

    "To be honest with you, I was in shock a little bit what's going on here," he said.

    White Official Tells Black Woman He Belonged to Master Race

    [NATL] White Official Tells Black Woman He Belonged to Master Race

    Some Leavenworth County, Kansas, officials are calling for Commissioner Louis Klemp's resignation after he insulted a black woman who had just presented a land-use study to the commission. "I don't want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race. You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race, don't you forget that," Klemp said. 

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    And while being without power is an inconvenience, he's happy to deal because the best news tonight is that no one was hurt.

    Police still have West Street blocked off. They say it could be quite some time before people on the street have power.

    Miles away in Newton, a tree damaged another house, and trees and branches blocked the roadways.

    There have been no reports of injuries so far. But as winds ramp up, homeowners especially cross their fingers there's no more serious damage.

    "I don't really know if there's much you can do, just pray," Morse said.

    As of 8:35 p.m., there were 8,552 power outages in Massachusetts.

    As of 5 p.m., there were 20,502 outages in Maine, 10,536 outages in Maine, 10,536 outages in New Hampshire, 7,535 outages in Connecticut, 6,967 outages in Vermont and 3,001 outages in Rhode Island. The total outages in New England is 72,475.

    According to SKYWARN, measured wind gusts exceeding 40 mph have been reported in several Massachusetts towns, including Cambridge, North Weymouth, Marion and Milton.

    Damage reports have also been logged in dozens of towns in the state, including Taunton, Foxborough, Northfield, Falmouth, Brewster, West Springfield and Salem.

    The National Weather Service says wind gusts could reach 60 mph as a warm weather front moves out of the state.

    That has led to the cancellation of some ferry service to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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