Driving rains, accompanied by thunder and lightning, caused pockets of damage in towns around Cape Ann on Tuesday afternoon and prompted the postponement of a Manchester concert.
There were no reports of any injuries, and no sustained power outages or other major disruptions, area police said.
A Rockport resident reported that lightning struck a chimney on a neighboring house at 20 Penryn Way, according to police. Police said firefighters responded to the house, which had filled with smoke, but left the residence when they found no signs of fire or significant damage.
In Essex, a tree limb on Eastern Avenue, also struck by lightning, caught fire about 3:05 p.m., but rain quickly doused the flames, according to police.
The limb was still hanging on power lines some 40 minutes later, but National Grid crews responded to the scene and fixed the problem, police said. Essex residents also reported a number of blown fuses, but there were no reports of power outages, according to police.
The storm caused no reported damage in Manchester, but organizers of a free concert at Masconomo Park decided to reschedule the event after the storm struck mid-afternoon.
The Conscious Reggae Band was to play as part of the Music in the Park series. The band will instead play tonight from 6 to 8. The Boston-based Conscious Reggae Band incorporates classical and modern sounds to convey a psychological relief through music.
The park is located at 66 Beach St.
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