Tuesday evening, a weather event that may have been a small tornado or a microburst, cut through Wrentham. (Editors note: On Wednesday, National Weather Service confirmed it was a 80 mph tornado.) It hit near Lake Pearl, the center of town and traveled down Route 140, knocking trees and branches down. Once the weather cleared, Wrentham Town Common suffered the most dramatic damage with one of its large maple trees uprooted and resting across the sidewalk.
According to Wrentham Fire Chief James McMorrow, the town appears to be in good shape although they did receive a call about a kayaker in trouble on Lake Pearl. He says the person was able to get off the water on his own over by Eagle Brook Dam. There were reports of small power outages and a car was crushed by a tree in Pediatric Specialists parking lot, off South St. Also, the fire alarms at Trinity Church went off but there didn't seem to be any damage and might have been caused by a lightning strike. Chief McMorrow was informed by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) that radar readings indicated a tornado may have hit in town. DPW workers and the town tree warden, Ray Rose, were already cutting up the maple to clear its branches from South St. and the sidewalk.
Emily Douglas, working at Reliable Cleaners, took shelter in the building's bank vault. Last century, the Reliable Cleaners' building was once a bank, and its vault served as the perfect shelter from the storm. Douglas watched as the Town Common tree fell. "It was scary," Douglas said. "There was a white wall of rain and I saw the tree go down from the vault."
Rhode Island's Ashely Marie, a Boston commuter heading to Cumberland, said she saw the clouds turning slightly and it looked to her like a small tornado. "It disappeared quickly," she said. "It was right after lightning. There was a complete downpour with small hail. I kept going to Cumberland."
Contact Town Emergency responders at (508) 384-3131 if you see any power-lines down or if you need help.