Cleanup continues after storm tears through Southeastern Massachusetts

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Cleanup efforts continued Monday after a powerful storm knocked out power, knocked down trees, and caused damage across the Attleboro and Rehoboth areas Sunday afternoon.

In the areas of Thatcher Street, Martin Street and Orange Street, the damage was very selective.

The National Weather Service did not call the storm a microburst, but referred to it as an intense downburst of damaging winds caused by a severe thunderstorm or rain shower. Despite this, Pinpoint Weather 12 meteorologists believe a microburst most likely occurred.

Neighbors also believe it.

“The main thing I saw was our giant 150-foot pine tree just snap in half. When that happened, I heard other wind and other branches breaking and that’s all I paid attention to,” Ben Therrien told Eyewitness News. “I shut the door and battened down the hatches.”

La Salette Shrine – officially known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette – sustained damage during the storm after winds toppled several trees. Thankfully, no buildings were hit, according to Father Ted Brown.

The loss of the trees will have an impact on the shrine’s annual Christmas Festival of Lights, Brown said.

“It’ll have a different look this year,” he said. “We don’t know what yet, but we’re already talking about what some alternatives might be.”

Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux told Eyewitness News Sunday at least half a dozen homes were damaged, but there hadn’t been any reports of injuries.

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