Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe
Good Samaritans helped push a car out of flood waters on Washington Street in Worcester on Friday.
By Samantha J. Gross Globe Correspondent October 22, 2016
Heavy rain and thunderstorms swept through Central and Eastern Massachusetts Friday night, prompting flash-flood warnings, closing roads, and stranding motorists across the state.
The fast-moving storm dumped as much as 4 inches of rain on the Central Massachusetts town of Sterling, according to the National Weather Service.
Interstate 290 in Worcester was reduced to one eastbound lane for much of Friday night, according to a State Police spokesman.
Just before 10 p.m., the weather service issued a flash-flood warning for the Boston area that was expected to last until just after midnight.
Heavy Rain Floods Roads In Eastern And Central Mass. October 21, 2016 11:00 PM
WORCESTER (CBS) – Heavy rain inundated Central and Eastern Massachusetts Friday night prompting flash flood warnings across the state.
Some areas got several inches of rain, including Worcester which got more than 5 inches. The city asked people to stay off the roads due to street flooding.
The National Weather Service says there was “significant urban street flooding” throughout Worcester, and several reports of cars stuck in the water.
Route 290 East and West were closed in the Worcester area due to water on the road.
Heavy rain floods Worcester roads (WBZ-TV)
One person shared an image with WBZ showing a driver stuck on flooded Route 2 in Leominster.
WBZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher says Worcester got the most rain in a single day in more than eight years. Friday was also the second wettest October day on record for the city.
Rain totals Friday 10/21/16 (WBZ-TV)
The Flash Flood Warning was in effect until 12:00 a.m. in Essex County, Plymouth County, Norfolk County, Suffolk County and Middlesex County.
A Severe Thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Middlesex Counties as the storm moved east.