STORM TEAM: Strong storms bring flooding, lightning strikes, funnel cloud

Lower Court St. in Provincetown is a perennial flooding area but today’s was particularly deep-up to the floorboards of a Mercedes Station Wagon.
Tim Caldwell/CWN (click to enlarge)

The parking lot of the Stop & Shop in Provincetown looked more like a lake.
Tim Caldwell/CWN (click to enlarge)

Strong thunderstorms moved across the Outer Cape late Saturday afternoon. There were several reports of flooding, including the basement of the Provincetown Police Station. Street flooding was reported in Provincetown at Freeman and Bradford Streets as well as several other locatios in Town. Meanwhile, flooding was also reported on Highland Road near Shore Road in North Truro. Lightning reportedly struck the Provincetown Harbormaster’s office on MacMillan Wharf. Some electrical equipment was damaged but luckily there was no fire.

6:00 PM update: Another strong storm near Sandwich with rainfall rates near 5 inches an hour moving east along the north side of the Cape. State Police report flooding at the base of the Sagamore Bridge. Meanwhile, Bourne Firefighters were called to Phinney’s Harbor for a reported boat in distress. Bourne Firefighters reported that at approximately 6:00 pm Firefighters were dispatched to a sailboat in distress due to a strong storm that had just rolled through the area. Reports came in that a small sail boat was taking on water due to high winds and large waves in the area of Mashnee and Hog Island. Lt. Emberg along with Firefighters Edgecomb and Babineau deployed Marine 130 and conducted a search along with USCG , Bourne DNR and Wareham DNR subsequently the 3 on board the sail boat were able to get the boat back to its mooring and swim ashore. Before returning to the mooring the boat was stuck on a rock pile waiting the storm out. Bourne FD and Bourne PD made contact with the 3 individuals on shore and determined everyone was accounted for. Meanwhile, at about the same time and not far away, Drew Framson was on a Cape Cod Canal Cruise when he captured a funnel cloud near Hog Island. Its unclear if the funnel actually touched the water which would have made it a waterspout:

6:30 PM update: Bourne authorities were able to confirm the three people on the boat in Phinney’s Harbor made it to shore safely. About 170 Eversource customers in Bourne lost power due to the storm.

After the rains, a beautiful sunset behind the Provincetown Harbormaster’s office and Whydah Museum
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