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Strong Storms Knock Out Power To 225,000 In Mass.

BOSTON (CBS) - More than 225,000 customers lost power in Massachusetts as a line of strong storms moved across the state Wednesday evening.

High winds took down trees and power lines. Wind gusts reached 82 mph in Quincy and 74 mph in Westfield.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across the region.

Drivers in Boston were dodging branches and other debris in the roads. At least three cars were crushed by trees in Roxbury.

"That's kind of scary because it just happened so fast," a delivery driver in Boston said.

Outdoor dining tent damaged by storm at Margaritas in Framingham (WBZ-TV)

At Margaritas restaurant in Framingham, the outdoor dining tent was knocked down.

In Hopkinton, cars were crushed in a driveway and surrounded by branches and live wires.

"It was like a freight train," a Hopkinton man said. "In fact, when the trees came down - I didn't hear the trees come down it was so loud."

Hopkinton tree
A tree fell onto a car and home in Hopkinton (WBZ-TV)

The evening thunderstorms were brief but caused widespread damage.

As of 11:45 PM, 148,407 customers were still without power according to MEMA.

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