As the front came through this afternoon, a gust of wind near Lechmere station took down a street-light pole, which fell on the hood of a car making a turn, after which the light bounced into the street, as Lisa captured.
She reports the driver and somebody in the back seat appeared to get out physically OK. Read more.
Jerry David reports this tree behind his Newton home cracked in half and fell - somehow coming down in the narrow space between two garages.
We've cranked French Toast Alert level to Red/Severe - and it doesn't get any higher than that - because of the latest National Weather Service forecast for Tuesday, which calls for 12 to 18 inches in the Boston area (but possibly higher north of the city along the coast) and high expected wind speeds, which could combine to give us a classic nor'easter blizzard.
Arlington Police report a woman out for a walk with her young son was hit in the head by a falling tree limb at Bellevue and Morton roads shortly after 3 p.m.
The woman, 29, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police say, adding her son, 3, was not injured. The tree also took down a transformer and power lines. Read more.
Mark Novak went for a walk along Revere Beach today.
Many umbrellas gave their lives to get people to South Station today, as TrueNE_79 shows us.
One of the advantages of living on the coast, at least early in winter, is that we're less likely to get snow dumped on us during a major storm - such as the one that's supposed to hit tomorrow. Read more.
Eileen Murphy watched wind surfers in Pleasure Bay today.
To sum up: BRRRRR:
WINDS THIS STRONG WILL RESULT IN TREE DAMAGE INCLUDING SOME WEAKENED TREES BEING KNOCKED DOWN. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE AND THIS IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNING GIVEN THE BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT. DRIVING WILL BE DIFFICULT IN OPEN AREAS AND ON BRIDGES.
Neal Gaffey shows us the remains of a Bradford pear tree in the South End this morning, adds:
As pretty as they are in the spring, they are inappropriate as urban trees because they weaken over time and lose limbs regularly. The City is slowly replacing them with American elm, maple, pin oak, and ginkgo as they age out.
Boston Reddit reports on the demise of the statue of Ben Franklin in front of Old City Hall during yesterday's winds.
Brian D'Amico reports bursts of wind shortly before 5 p.m. helped capsize a number of sailboats near the Mass. Ave. Bridge. All the dunked people were fished out of the river by first responders.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for eastern Massachusetts between 1 and 10 p.m. - with gusts of up to 60 m.p.h. possible:
STRONGEST WINDS SHOULD OCCUR LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING...WHEN A BAND OF SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS CROSSES THE REGION.
Kosta looked out his window at Brooks and Bigelow in Brighton around 10 p.m. He reports firefighters moved the remains of the tree out of the way - and that it didn't take out any wires.
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