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Chatham works to restore power after storm

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Crews worked to remove fallen trees from atop powerlines in Chatham. Crews worked to remove fallen trees from atop powerlines in Chatham.
CHATHAM, Mass. (WHDH) - Trees were completely uprooted on Main Street in Chatham.

Conditions from Hurricane Arthur, including gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour and rain, caused trees to topple onto power lines, leading to outages for residents. At one point, there were close to 1,000 power outages in Chatham alone.

"I heard a buzzing, loud buzzing noise, then a bright, blue flash. And the lights went out in the house," said resident Bill Gervickas.

Crews worked Saturday morning to fix the power problems and clean up the area. Tom McCarthy spent the morning raking leaves off his street but feels it could have been a lot worse.

"It was kind of a mess. We've had worse storms in the last few years, it wasn't terrible. But last night when we were in the house it seemed a little scary," McCarthy said.

The crews had to use chainsaws and cut several parts of one tree down to restore the power lines.

Before Arthur arrived there was a red flag hanging that shut down the beach to swimmers due to a threat of rip currents and visibility, but now that
Arthur has left, the beach is open on a gorgeous day.

"You could hear the wind howling all night long. But this is 12 hours later and you would never know what came through here," said Bruce Hook.
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