ORLEANS —A severe thunderstorm moved through the Lower and Outer Cape Thursday morning, flooding major roadways, causing localized power outages, and sparking several house fires.
The storm brought down a number of tree branches and wires, including one wire that blocked Route 6 in Orleans between Exit 12 and the rotary; at the same time, downpours flooded Route 6A in the area of Cape Cod Ready Mix, causing extreme traffic delays.
Frequent lightning struck a number of trees and structures, including a home under construction on Overlook Circle in Nauset Heights, Orleans. Another small blaze was extinguished in a barn off Beach Road in Orleans.
The heavy rainfall flooded a number of parking lots in Orleans, including one at Friends’ Marketplace and another at Stop and Shop.
A power outage caused the Orleans Council on Aging to close the senior center for the day Thursday. It was expected to resume normal operations on Friday.
The heavy rain also prompted town officials to prohibit shellfishing in Town Cove and Nauset Estuary in Orleans, Ryder’s Cove, Crow’s Pond and Bassing Harbor in Chatham and in all of Pleasant Bay. Heavy rains wash contaminants into the waterways, which can be picked up by shellfish.