National Weather Service: Microburst caused Bedford storm damage - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Microburst responsible for Bedford storm damage

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BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) - The National Weather Service confirmed that a microburst was responsible for the extensive damage in Bedford during Monday's afternoon storms.

Bedford was one of several communities in Middlesex county that took the brunt of severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area Monday afternoon.

"In Bedford we estimated the damage path to be about two and a half miles long and about a half mile wide,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Reynolds said.

The clean-up will take days for a storm that only lasted a few minutes.

“Neighbors need to get in and out, so I’m down the road, and with trees down I’m not going to get my car in and out of the house,” one man said.

Trees were toppled all over town. Some landed on cars, others on houses. Even more trees fell on power lines.

“I looked out and saw a pine hit the driveway, so we just went down to the basement and waited for it to pass,” Pam Green said.

Anything not anchored down was liable to get blown away.

“We saw the table just fly across the yard, which was very scary,” one resident said.

As quick as the storm moved through, the clean-up started just as fast. Some people didn’t even stop to change from their work clothes.

“Sweaty and hot, doesn’t matter at this point,” Walter St. Onge said.

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