Microburst causes damage as Florence remnants hit Mass.

September 18, 2018

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a microburst, not a tornado, caused damage in a town near Boston as the remnants of Hurricane Florence brought strong winds and heavy rains to New England.

Downed trees and tree limbs were reported Tuesday in Saugus, with some of them falling onto homes. A tornado warning had been issued for the area.

A Weather Service survey team inspected the damage later in the day and determined a microburst, or strong storm downdraft, was the cause. The team was trying to determine the estimated wind speeds.

The Weather Service says 5 to 6 inches of rain were reported to have fallen in parts of Massachusetts. Some people had to be rescued from cars that got stuck in flood waters in towns south of Boston. No injuries were reported.

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