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High winds, heavy rain knock out power to thousands in Massachusetts

The state’s major utilities are reporting a combined 16,000 customers without power just after noon Thursday, down from 38,000 earlier in the day.

The state experienced high winds and heavy rain in the early morning hours that toppled trees and utility poles, and ripped the roofs off schools in Raynham and Fall River before the start of the school day.

No injuries were reported.

Winds were gusting higher than 50 miles per hour in some places, with the Blue Hills Observatory outside Boston reporting an 81 mph gust at 6:33 a.m.

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