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Wind-whipped Nor’easter soaks Malden, downs trees and power lines

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DPW, National Grid crews stay busy for two days addressing problem areas

  A powerful Nor’easter rainstorm soaked Malden with a one-two punch on Tuesday and Wednesday, causing considerable damage around the city due to downed trees and power lines. Some pockets of residential areas around Malden had power knocked out for brief periods in isolated spots during the stormy early part of the week, but National Grid stayed busy, quickly restoring electricity to those who experienced outages due to downed power lines. The gusty winds which accompanied this week’s Nor’easter also took down trees and tree limbs all around the city, according to Malden DPW (Dept. of Public Works) Director Bob Knox.

  Knox said Malden DPW tree crews worked around the clock addressing issues in nearly every Malden neighborhood from late morning Tuesday and most of Wednesday. He said there were a number of parked vehicles and local homes damaged by falling trees and limbs due to the weather jackpot combination of heavy wind and rain. “Our crews did a very good job getting roads and sidewalks clear of trees and large branches. They worked all night Tuesday and right into [Wednesday night],” said Knox.

  No one was reported injured as a result of the severe storm.

  The rain and wind of earlier week was also accompanied by considerably colder weather, as the seasonal fall temperatures began to sink in, as the mid-60s and 70s we’ve enjoyed since autumn officially arrived in September dipped into the low-to-mid 50s and even high 40s this week.

  The colder weather is expected to prevail the rest of the week with temperatures in the high 50s by day and into the high 40s in the overnight and early morning hours. While the forecast calls for dry, but cool, weather through today, rain is expected to return all day Saturday and into Sunday this weekend.

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POWER LINES: Some pockets of Malden neighborhoods lost power temporarily when power got knocked out due to downed power lines. (Courtesy/Malden DPW)
TREE-“VALANCHE”: This car was heavily damaged in Malden’s East Border Road area when a tree fell with its limbs on the roof. (Courtesy Photo/Malden DPW)
ROADBLOCK: Downed tree branches blocked passage in a number of areas of the city, including this one on Broadway (Rt. 99). (Courtesy Photo/Malden DPW)

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