PHOTOS: Microburst Hammers Arlington

Parts of Mass Ave. flooded after the short, violent storm struck Arlington. East Arlington hit particularly hard.

Arlington was hit with a confirmed microburst late Wednesday afternoon. WXIBOX, an amateur radio station at the National Weather Service's Taunton office, confirmed the microburst on its Twitter feed.

The storm hit East Arlington particularly hard, with downed power lines and trees throughout the neighborhood. On Mass Ave., the road is flooded near Bates street. A massive tree fell across the avenue near Linwood Street. Cars heading south are climbing halfway up the sidewalk in a single file to try and pass the obstacle.

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According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, microbursts are the result of powerful thunderstorms, which push wind straight down to the ground. When that happens, the wind then shears across the ground at breakneck speeds, intensifying the effects of the rain and lightning. 

The storm was part of a series of powerful thunderstorms that soaked the region with heavy rain, along with large hail stones.

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Kim Howes July 19, 2012 at 01:38 AM
yes power is out on Milton Street, saying it should be back on by 1030 pm doubt that but hopeing. Tree in the middle of that road so no passage.
Danielle M July 19, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Still have power in East Arlington on Mass Ave near Za
SLL July 19, 2012 at 01:43 AM
We have power on Winter, but the street is impassable.
Jane Theriault July 19, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Half of Thorndike St is out but there's a repair truck there now.
Donald Mei July 19, 2012 at 01:43 AM
We live on Beacon in East Arlington and took a walk. While I heard and saw a lot of police and fire vehicles out and about, I was happy that I didn't hear or see a single ambulance. It looks like most people dodged this bullet. As a new resident to Arlington, it was strangely quiet after the storm. Where I come from the second the storm passes everybody comes out with their chain saws and the air is filled with the sound of the saws and the smell of 2 stroke exhaust. I'm guessing that will come tomorrow when all the landscape guys roll into town. Don
Lori Leahy July 19, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Down live wires on Allen Street. Along with my tree.
John Waller (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Thanks for all the power updates!
DrWil July 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Mystic Street north of Summer (the gas station) seemed entirely fine and untouched. Much tree devestation elsewhere, though - Mass Ave and Broadway and the surrounding streets. Lots of trees down, majority were street trees - sparse root systems (plug here for porous road margins). Many, many branches.
Jonathan Wyner July 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Linwood still closed. Small electrical fire near transformer on downed utility pole. THere were moments I was not sure the windows would hold. THis was longer lasting than the event two years ago....and covered a much wider area.
Jonathan Wyner July 19, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Looks like there will be no driving for us for a while!
Judi Gardner July 19, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Tree down with wires on Allen St
John Waller (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 02:43 AM
From the Town of Arlington: Work crews continue to clean up after the storm. Officials ask residents to contact NStar for downed wires at 1-800-592-2000 or online at nstar.com Public Safety Officials remind residents to be careful around damage areas as there are many downed wires and they are difficult to see at night. For downed trees, contact Public Works dispatch at 781-316-3301. Also note, areas of the bikepath in East Arlington around Lake Street are cut off by fallen trees. Through passage will be unavailable until the trees can be removed.
Joe Shmo July 19, 2012 at 03:23 AM
How are we going to clean all of this with no leaf blowers!!!?
Ryan Yorck July 19, 2012 at 03:43 AM
With rakes and brooms. Or non-gas electric leaf blowers. Yes, these tools still exist and readily avaible!!!???
Ryan Yorck July 19, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Tree down and leaning against a house on Waldo rd and Marathon.
Ryan Yorck July 19, 2012 at 03:46 AM
My partner said she saw a few ambulances around when walking from Arlngton center to the Capital Theatre. Any reports of injuries out there?
John Waller (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:38 AM
As far as I and other news sources know now, no injuries were reported.
Patricia July 19, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Patricia I live near Park Ave. and only saw rain. I hope everyone in the east is okay.
Peter July 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I manage the Davis Square Farmers Market, where we were breaking down our tents and had to scamper when the last and biggest storm struck at about 5:20. Drenched but done working, I phoned a takeout order from Punjab, then got bogged down in the traffic on Mass Ave near the Capitol Theater and couldn't believe the number of downed trees and wires I saw. Police were pushing a drowned cruiser out of a big puddle-pond. Some wires disappeared right into the water. Medium-size trees were sheared off. I was directed to a side street and never could make it to the center. With numerous apologies, I phoned Punjab to cancel the order — the only time in my middle-aged life that I was forced to do so.
John Waller (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Great story Peter, thanks for sharing. Hard to turn down Punjab, no matter how difficult the journey.
Donald Mei July 19, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I just got back from an errand. Within a half mile west of Arlington center there is not so much as leaves on the ground. Strange. Very local. I spoke to a fireman who was clipping and removing all the downed phone and cable wires on our street, about the amazing lack of injuries. He said there were NO injuries associated with the storm. Great news. Then I made a joke about all the chain saw injuries that will happen in the next day or two and he laughed.
Glenn Koenig July 19, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Check the video I posted. Shows the storm in progress, not just the aftermath. See www.openeyesvideo.com and scroll down to the "Summer Storm" link in the "Weather & Climate" section.
Peter C July 19, 2012 at 04:07 PM
There was nothing here in North Cambridge - I saw the dark clouds over East Arlington as I walked up Mass Ave from Norton's liquors to my job at Nick's Gas. I was getting really concerned about Dick's Bait & Tackle (if he lost power, the eels and live bait would rot) There was another Microburst in East Arlington back in the war of 1812, in the famous battle on spy pond.
John Waller (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thanks Glenn, amazing footage!!
Mike17 July 19, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I am out of town and am looking at the pictures horrified. I live on the cornner of Oxford street and broadway. Anyone know how those apartments look?
Dinah F July 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM
My daughter has lived 3 years now on Melrose St- I am totally stunned by these photos. I sure hope you are all OK and this is cleaned up before my next visit to her...About this season, in 1994 I think we had a similar microburst in the Adirondack area near where i lived at the time... it really is scary and fast!!
Valerie Ben July 20, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Good one!! thanks! Wish you stayed outside though...
Valerie Ben July 20, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Absolutely! Spring 2010... Is this becoming a pattern??
Frank Mulligan July 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Folks today in LIFE. It really can change. When, I was a kid my father said. Be THANKFUL today. Ther'e is ALWAY"S someone worse than you HEALTH wise. So make the BEST of it. After looking at the PICTURES. I"m very SURPRISED what, I saw. The worse part cleaning up NOW. We wii get throgh it. Good Luck Citizen's.
Donald Mei July 27, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Nobody was injured. Thats the most important part. Also from what I saw, there was minimal damage to homes and businesses. The town has been great. Our neighbor lost a big tree in their back yard. We ganged together, cut it up and put it on the curb and the town picked it up for us. We had saws, but didn't have trucks. Thanks to the DPW.


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