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Photo Slideshow: Wild Windy Wednesday

A windy Thanksgiving Eve with gusts over 30 miles per hour took down trees and knocked out power in the two towns.

Gusty winds on Wednesday knocked down several trees, cut power to some homes and helped spread a woods fire off Route 128.

The most widespread problems were on Chebacco Road in Hamilton, where trees feel in several locations. A transformer fire spread to a small area of the woods and was quickly extinguished by the Hamilton Fire Department. Electric service was cut to about 16 homes, according to National Grid, which had all the power back before dinner time.

A tree down on wires on Highland Street also cut power to a handful of customer on Wednesday morning.

Sustained wind of over 20 miles per hour and gusts over 30 mph were recorded at Beverly Airport.

A brush fire started along the side of Route 128 south at the town line of Wenham and Manchester-by-the-Sea at about noon. The strong gusty winds helped fuel the fire, which was extinguished by firefighters from both towns. It created a small backup for southbound traffic on Route 128 shortly after noon.

Wenham police also handled three storm related calls, including a car crash on Topsfield Road. The DPW was also called for tree issues on Chery Street and Cedar Street.

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