tv 7 News NBC August 22, 2016 7:00pm-7:31pm EDT
>> now at 7 a tornado rips through concord bringing down trees and power lines. >> crews picking up debris in a race to restore power. >> reporter: a closer look at the moments the tornado hit. we have team 7 coverage. >> 2 quincy women cuffed and in court accused of robbing >> the state preparing to go digital. >> what this could mean for your commute. >> 7 news at 7 starts now. tonight on 7. >> everything was rattling. we didn't know what was happening. >> a tornado hits hard. cleaning up. >> the project before us is to open up roads and make this situation safe. >> a path of destruction.. >> anchor: let's take a live
damage tonight in concord. crews hard at work here. the national weather service confirming it was an ef 1 tornado that tore through town early this morning. that powerful twister snapping trees with winds up to 100 miles per hour. >> anchor: and many people in the dark tonight due to those power outages. governor charlie baker surveying the damage hours ago. we have team 7 on the ground and in the air tim caputo live in concord with the latest from one of the hardest hit areas. >> reporter: you mentioned people without power. this house running on generator power. they do not expect to have their power restored tonight. this one tree that crashed in their yard a small snippet of what has happened overnight. there are several of them out
damage here after a powerful tornado ripped through overnight. hundreds of trees in concord were snapped like twigs or pulled out of the ground from the 100 mile winds from an ef tornado overnight. >> anybody who doubts the future and precision of mother nature just needs to take a walk along the route that was hit by that storm. >> reporter: the tornado was only on the ground for 30 seconds. it did so little time. >> i find it hard to believe in one minute anything could do what this storm did up there. >> reporter: very little damage to homes. people living here expected the worst when they were woken up by the terrifying swirling winds. the path of destruction is a half a mile long and a quarter mile wide. >> i was surprised not to see more trees in the houses.
houses. >> reporter: downed power lines a thousand homes immediately lost power. this afternoon many had it back. there are dozens of crews chopping up trees. a worker was whipped by an e rant tree branch. he was rushed to the hospital. but the work out here must continue. >> it's not easy work. what you're looking at here is the crane holding a wire. at the bottom of the wire there is a that were damaged overnight. folks in this area had a 15, 20 minutes heads up that it was coming your way. an alarm that goes off on your cell phone. a lot of folks got that alarm in the middle of the night last night. latest from concord tim caputo 7 news. >> anchor: you've seen those trees scattered around town.
problems. trying to get electricity up and running for everyone in town. meanwhile neighbors are picking up the pieces in the after math of this tornado. officials say dozens of homes suffered damage. amaka ubaka live in concord with more team 7 coverage. >> reporter: well, nick, we're here at alcot and independence. the damage is all around me. you see behind me that utility crews are working to get power they will be here throughout the night. at the same time tree companies are working over time cutting trees and making sure that the roads stay clear. it will be a long night ahead as crews and the neighborhood works to return to normal. neighbors deal with the aftermath of the tornado that ripped through here early this morning. utility crews and tree trimming services working over time to clear the roads and downed trees
>> trees falling behind houses. >> destroyed my wife's furniture. >> reporter: gary describes the moment the tornado hit. >> all of a sudden the house started rattling and shaking. and then the trees started coming down. you could hear them. >> reporter: what used to be a back yard covered in trees. about a thousand homes lost power after the tornado hit. and while some regained power many have not. even though the clean up from over burlam considers himself and neighbors to be lucky. >> it's funny how it swirled around the house and didn't touch a thing. >> reporter: now you could see that huge -- the trunk of the tree right there as crews are working to restore power in the area. crews will be working for several days to clean up this damage. neighbors tell me in this area they're supposed to get their power turned on tomorrow.
all this damage. and we'll have the latest for you tonight at 10 and 11. amaka ubaka 7 news. >> anchor: and sky 7 hd giving us a bird's eye view after tree tops are blown away. 7's jonathan hall got a first hand look from the sky from the damage done by this wild weather. >> reporter: as twisters go this could have been a lot worse. don't tell that to concord. and on nearby lexington road. dozens of homes damaged including a large estate which appears to have suffered structural damage. men retrieved debris including a lounge chair by the water. lazy days by the pool done for now. a crane was brought to pick up and remove trees from the streets. tree removal companies armed
chippers have work cut out for them. the twisters 100 mile an hour winds kicked up. the violent storm downed power lines and utility poles and crews using cranes to replace them. a summer that the people of concord will remember for a long long time. jonathan hall 7 news. >> anchor: so this tornado it was moving through during the early morning hours while people >> anchor: the storm's wind speeds packed a serious punch. jeremy reiner here with a closer look at ef 1 right jeremy. >> reporter: the scale goes from ef 0 to ef 5. in new england we are talking the weaker end of the scale. ov june first, 2011 in the brimfield area that was an ef3.
deaths. it occurred at 3:10 in the morning. our first overnight tornado in massachusetts since 1970. take you back 2:52 in marlboro. there was rotation on the doppler radar. this time the weather service issued the tornado warning. which was fantastic lead time. sometimes we use the moniker hit without warning. not this situation. this was when the warning was issued. there's concord moved up across concord about 3:15, 3:20. on the ground for about 10 minutes. the most significant damage focussed here in the city of concord. thankfully it weakened from there. powerful cold front that's why we had the tornado. it did it's work. the air is refreshing dry and breezy. we'll talk more about that in a few minutes. ; jr, thanks.
air and online any time there is breaking news. download the 7 news mobile or tablet app or follow along on social media for updates on the go. >> anchor: learning more about a tragedy last night in lowell where 2 children were pulled from a pool unresponsive. the 2 year old girl's condition has improved a 3 year old boy is still in critical condition. >> anchor: a search is on for a man who was scott beach. they saw an older man swim out flail his arms and go under the surface. as well as a helicopter. they have not found any sign of that man. a scare at the state house turns out to be a false alarm. the building was evacuated earlier today. construction in the basement triggered the alarm. people were allowed back in after 20 minutes.
feeling violated after a man is arrested and accused of secretly recording them in the bathroom. ramond mckinon pleaded not guilty in a quincy courtroom on charges he used a camera pen to record the life guards in the bathroom. >> a life guard identified herself as a state trooper. going to a bathroom in a staff bathroom she noticed a light. mckinon posted $10,000 cash bail. police continued to investigate there. a lynn man in court on a third oui charge. robert hario is also charged with interfering with a police officer. the crash happened at boston and broad way streets in lynn saturday. traffic was impacted. the crash knocked out power to a
>> anchor: a nun robs in quincy. someone ran up to her pulled out a knife and demanded cash. 7's kimberly bookman live outside in quincy where she spoke to the mother of convent. >> the victim didn't look your traditional nun. she wasn't whairing a habit. she was in exercise clothes when she says she was 26 year old vanessa young of somerville came up to her on 5th street and tried to grab a satchel she had in her left hand. the nun told the suspect she didn't have any money. all she had were rosary beads, a key and a small momento. she noticed another woman now idded as vanessa wife crystal young. she was standing behind the suspect doing look out.
and the mother of the convent said taking that symbol of faith was a blessing. >> i believe it was the grace of the rosary that saved both of them. saved our sister's life and also saved this young woman not to pursue further action or do anything bad that will affect her future. >> reporter: now the nun reported all of this to police. they found the 2 suspects a short time later. they were they searched that vehicle and found 3 stolen phones as well as a small knife. kimberly bookman 7 news. >> anchor: striking a deal with win resorts dropping an appeal against the company. mayor says it's because they resolved many of the community's concerns. the appeal was never meant to stop the cas eastboundo. the appeal did cause major
85 years to 50 years and the use of a ferry which will reduce road traffic. mayor says he's happy with the results. >> i want to thank the community for this. our staff, our team. we are satisfied with the results and we're proud of what we've accomplished. and we look forward to working our new partners in win. >> anchor: construction continues on the $2 billion news station going digital on the pike. the state preparing to make major changes to tolls. some say your privacy could be on the line. >> reporter: no tornados tonight. a touch of fall in the air. forecast up next. >> anchor: and a star studded watch party. mark walberg screening his
i know it's in. it's in, but it's not working. i'm sending you a link to the my fios app that going to let me see what you're seeing. really? yes, mr. mcenroe... see that cord? just plug it into the connector on the right. so you can clearly see what's in and what's out? oh absolutely. i like that. tech support that lets your technician see the problem over your smartphone. only from fios. >> the massachusetts department of transportation getting the green light to roll out a new electronic tolling system. this system would eliminate cash transactions at the toll booth along the pike. >> anchor: going digital means drivers expect some big changes. >> reporter: those are the big questions on this invasion of privacy. many of you wondering who will have access to this and what
worked out. no more toll booths the massachusetts department of transportation meeting today to discuss the new electronic tolling system. >> we're collecting data to properly bill people for the tolls they incur. that's the only way we will use that data. >> reporter: data meaning your license plate. they'll be using the data from billing and help law enforcement with some investigations like when there's an amber access will be limited. >> at the aclu we don't object to state police getting notifications for amber alerts. it certainly shouldn't be the case that law enforcement is getting access to hot listed information to people that are wanted on a drug possession charge or a low level offense like that. >> reporter: things are still
formed a working group with the executives of the office of public safety to understand what the kinds of time sensitive public safety emergencies might be. amber alerts we keep coming back to. there might be others. we're going to write regulations. >> reporter: some questions that aclu has and privacy advocates how long will the state have the license plate data stored for? that's being wo kelly o'hara 7 news. >> anchor: we had a wild night with the weather into the early morning hours in concord today. >> anchor: sounds like things have quieted down at least. jr, things clear in the city and it appears to be quiet for tonight? >> reporter: most of the week very quiet. any rain probably not until friday afternoon. a few isolated storms.
we warm it up again through the week with the temperatures in the upper 80s. this is adding the fall feel to the air the dew points down to the 40s now. the numbers climb a bit. even on friday with the dew points lower 60s that's lower than a couple of weeks ago when the dew point temperatures were close nothing on 80 degrees. we won't do that again. air temperature 60s and 70s. boston 74. worcester 67. orange and jaffrey in the mid and upper 60s. the powerful cold front came blasting here 3, 4, 5:00 this morning. we still have that breeze right now. that will fade away. lost in the message was beneficial rain. many cities and towns picking up an inch to almost an inch and a half of rain. stow about 1.26. here in boston 9/10 of an inch of rain.
driest summer on record in the city of boston. what we mean by summer. june first until august 31st. this may yet go into the books as the driest summer on record. high pressure moves into new . that will shut down the wind. allow temps to free fall from the upper 40s to low 50s. this is where i think the numbers will be bostonpe not far away in the western suburbs temps will dip in the middle and upper 40s. norwood at 46. you might need a jacket or sweater for an hour hour and a half. otherwise out standing. temps tomorrow 76 to 81 low humidity. that is the case for the rest of the week. the temps will flirt with 90 on thursday. there we go with friday an isolated shower or thunderstorm.
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