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LEICESTER (CBS) – Strong winds from Tropical Storm Isaias knocked down trees and power lines across Massachusetts Tuesday afternoon.

In Leicester, a large tree crushed a pickup truck. The owner of the truck is a Leicester firefighter who was working on grounds keeping at a religious shrine. “Being on the fire department we’ve been to three of these in a week,” said Jonathan Plante.

“This time it was my turn. But nobody has gotten hurt that’s all that matters.”

More than 97,000 customers were without power Tuesday evening.

Eversource spokesperson Reid Lamberty said social distancing utility crews means just one employee per truck. But there is mutual aid from Canada.

“There could be maybe a slight delay getting to a particular location,” Lamberty said. “So one truck shows up then they got to wait for another truck to show up. As well to perform some assistance there. But I don’t think customers are really going to notice.”

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2 Dead, 14 Wounded in Mass Shooting at Rochester Party

The city of Rochester, New York, was rocked early Saturday by a mass shooting at a house party that left two young people dead and 14 wounded.

“This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions, if you ask me,” Acting Police Chief Mark Simmons said at a predawn press conference.

“Sixteen victims is unheard of. And for our community, who’s right now going through so much, to have to deal with this tragedy needlessly— for people who decide to act in a violent manner—is unfortunate and shameful.

“We’re going to do everything that we can as a department to bring those people involved to justice.”

Dozens of rounds were fired, sending up to 100 people running from the scene—which one witness described as “an all-out war zone.”

“So many people going in so many directions, so many different ways, driving on the grass, trying to get out of here,” the witness told WHAM.

The shooting comes two weeks after the city was gripped by unrest over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude in police custody. That led the entire Rochester police leadership to resign.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren appealed for calm, saying in a statement, “I’m begging everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint as RPD investigates what happened here and seeks those responsible.”

The acting chief noted that the party where the gunfire was erupted should not have been happening.

“This is yet another tragedy where individuals are having these illegal, unsanctioned house parties taking place on these properties which, number one, is not safe because of COVID, because of the conditions, and then you add in alcohol and violence and it becomes a recipe for disaster,” Simmons said.

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