The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for much of Eastern Massachusetts tonight, including Peabody and the North Shore.
"At 7:59 p.m. radar indicated a band of thunderstorms moving rapidly northward at 50 mph," the NWS reports. "This band contains heavy rains. The immediate Boston metro area and North Shore should expect a brief period of heavy rains, resulting in ponding of water in low lying and poor drainage areas."
The NWS says the thunderstorms should track northward into the North Shore through 9 p.m. The flood advisory is in effect until 11 p.m.
According to scanner transmissions, streets in the downtown near Peabody Square, off Margin Street and parts of Route 1 have experienced significant flooding.
Motorists are urged to stay away from areas where water is covering the roadway.
"The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely -- move to higher ground," the NWS says.
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