Severe weather Tuesday afternoon; Adventurous house move; Harwich crash; Trailer torched at mall

CWN Storm team coverage of severe thunderstorms
Storms pass quickly, big temperature drop, tree down on house

A severe thunderstorm brought a large tree down on a house on Route 6 in Wellfleet.
CAPE COD - (Last updated at 5 p.m. The Doppler radar image on right is from 1 p.m. Tuesday). Reports of quarter-sized hail are coming in from Wellfleet and Eastham. When the storm had passed off to the east after 1:30 p.m., the outdoor temperature at our East Harwich office had dropped from 84 to 64 degrees.

A day of sailing turned into a harrowing ordeal off Eastham when the squall overturned a craft. Fortunately all of the occupants made it ashore safely and were being evaluated by rescuers. Several other vessels were also caught in the sudden squall and beachgoers in the area had to run for their vehicles when the storm hit. Fortunately no one appears to have been injured.

Trees were reported down in Wellfleet and Eastham. One large tree came down against a house in Wellfleet (above) about a 1/4 mile west of Main Street on Route 6 that is home to Kinlin Grover Real Estate. Across the street more trees were down that had briefly blocked Route 6. The weather service may check to see if the damage was from straightline winds or a small microburst. A transformer blew along Route 6 in Wellfleet knocking out power to the signal lights by the police/fire station and the blinking light at Briar Road.

In Orleans the storm brought down power lines sparking a grass fire along the roadside.

Other scattered power problems were reported in Wellfleet and Eastham.

In Yarmouth a house was struck by lightning shattering the chimney. Another strike was reported in Chatham.

Later in the afternoon another severe squall affected the Upper Cape especially the Falmouth/Mashpee region.

Initial reports are coming in of hail and some trees down in this area also. This radar image shows the latest storm.

CWN's Kevin Morley reports the storm knocked out power to signal lights in South Dennis likely contributing to two crashes: - Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a northbound Ford Taurus and a southbound Dodge Caravan collided at the intersection of Route 134, Highbank Road, and Duck Pond Road in South Dennis.

At the time of the collision, the signal lights at that very busy intersection -- which also handles Upper County Road -- were on the blink, an apparent consequence of the thunderstorm that had rolled through earlier in the afternoon.

Dennis Police and Dennis Rescue responded to the scene but, fortunately, there were no injuries. The airbags in both vehicles deployed, shattering the passenger-side windshields. Traffic moved slowly through the area with no lane closures. Dennis Police are investigating.

In West Barnstable a driver escaped injury when their vehicle rolled over in the median of Route 6 eastbound just past the weigh station.  State Police are investigating whether the vehicle may have hydroplaned in the heavy rain.

Wellfleet Photos by Tim Caldwell; Dennis photo by Kevin Morley.

House moving turns adventurous in Hyannis

    NStar crews clear wires for a house moving in Hyannis.
HYANNIS - A house moving in Hyannis turned adventurous Tuesday. Around 9 a.m. crews began to move the two story building down Stevens Street around the corner to Mitchell's Way.  According to CWN''s Frank Paparo because of concerns about the stability of the house on the trailer and the severe weather threatening the area, the house was put in a parking lot next to Balise Hyundai for the night. A police detail was reportedly to standby to keep people clear in case the house shifted. Update: Workers were able to successfully complete the move Wednesday morning.

Photos by Frank Paparo.

Two-vehicle collision in Harwich
HARWICHPORT - Failure to come to a complete stop apparently caused this crash Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Pleasant Street and Bank Street. The Acura SUV (right) pulled into the intersection causing a Dodge Durango to swerve into an NStar pole. The female driver of the Acura will be cited by Harwich Police. One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Photo by Jake O'Callaghan.

Overnight: trailer gutted by suspicious fire at Cape Cod Mall
HYANNIS - Fire gutted a trailer at the Cape Cod Mall early Tuesday.

The 40-footbox trailer was fully involved when firefighters arrived shortly after3 a.m.

Firefighters doused the flames with no extension to the buildingand no injuries were reported.

Fire officials are terming the fire suspicious.

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