George shows us what it was like on the Mass. Turnpike outbound around 11:45 this morning.
Adrienne M. shows us the tree that fell across Raymond Street in Lower Allston tonight.
We're no longer in the five-day cone-of-probability for Tropical Storm Joaquin, so let's worry about the torrential downpours that mean flood watches for the area roughly north and west of 128 tonight through Thursday.
Eric Fisher at WBZ says don't count Joaquin outjust yet:
Everyone from North Carolina to New England should pay extremely close attention to Joaquin. There will be flooding regardless, but a near pass or landfall could allow areas to blast into the double digits for rainfall with ease. Iâ€™m not seeing a situation where *someone* on the East Coast doesnâ€™t get soaked in flood waters. The pattern almost guarantees it. The trick is figuring out where. And in the meantime make sure your sump pumps are in working order!
A tropical depression currently called just 11 might, maybe, possibly, bring heavy rains and high winds to the Boston area this weekend. We're currently in cone of probability for the storm, which could become Tropical Storm Joaquin tomorrow, if its winds get above 35 m.p.h. But National Hurricane Center forecasters currently aren't really sure of the storm's exact track and intensity yet.
We came out of the Halfway Cafe on Washington Street in Dedham around 3:05 p.m. to the sound of thunder - even though it was still sunny overhead. But when we looked north, into Boston, we saw the city covered by an ominous cloud.
Lulu522 forwards a copy of the photo she took from her 36th floor perch in downtown Boston as one of those storms rolled into Boston on Saturday.
Violent thunderstorms moved across the Boston region this afternoon and evening, soaking some, giving others vivid lightning displays and rainbows, forcing the delay of a New England Revolution match at Gillette and turning the Natick commuter-rail station into the sort of raging water-filled arroyo you normally only expect to see after freak storms in a western desert: Read more.
Tim Walsh captured some of the lightning over Boston Harbor during the afternoon storm.
Millennium Park in West Roxbury around 7 p.m.
Maureen Hoch saw something similar at sunset in Watertown: Read more.
Stefani Vieira snapped this photo around 1:20 p.m.
JB Parrett watched the evening storm roll in over the Back Bay.
Sarah Connors captured this kid dancing in the rain in Downtown Crossing this afternoon. Read more.
The National Weather Service has a flash-flood watch in effect until 8 p.m.
You know, the usual. The latest NWS forecaster's discussion for the Boston area says we should get some snow on Saturday, maybe followed by freezing rain on Sunday (or maybe just more snow), followed by bitter cold, followed, possibly, by ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM Tuesday night, although it's possible that storm might just blow out to sea first. So, yes, the French Toast Alert stays at Yellow/Elevated.
Yesterday, Deirdre showed us the electronic signboard on the southbound side of Morrissey Boulevard. As you can see above, the signage on the northbound side of the road is a bit different, even if part of the same general theme.
So beware of Morrissey Boulevard between now and the 26th.
The view across Dorchester Bay towards Squantum around 2:20 p.m.