‘Bomb Cyclone’ leaves more than 600,000 power outages in New England – .

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‘Bomb Cyclone’ leaves more than 600,000 power outages in New England – .



At the height of the blackouts Wednesday morning, more than 600,000 homes and businesses were without power in New England, the majority in Massachusetts, according to PowerOutage.us.

Many trees have been reported in the Boston area. In Milton, just south of Boston, a tree fell on Colleen McCarthy’s home early Wednesday, coming to rest on the roof above a room where a 3-year-old was sleeping, the CNN affiliate reported. WBZ. No one was hurt.

“I’ve never been in an earthquake, but it was my first reaction. Our whole house shook. We heard a crackle. It’s true. It was like an earthquake, ”McCarthy told WBZ.

The wind also caused damage along parts of the south shore of Massachusetts. In the coastal town of Cohasset, several boats ran aground, trees were uprooted and a press box was swept away from the stands on a high school sports field, leaving him broken and shattered, police said on Wednesday.
Wind gusts of 74 mph or more were recorded Wednesday morning in parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island – enough for the National Weather Service to urge coastal residents to stay away from windows. Gusts of 94 mph were recorded in Edgartown, Massachusetts.

With strong winds pushing against trees on saturated ground, “Power outages caused by felled trees are cause for concern until Wednesday,” CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

A “bomb cyclone” is a rapidly strengthening storm that increases by at least 24 millibars (one unit of pressure) in 24 hours – and generally the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.

Trees were felled Wednesday morning in Malden, Massachusetts, north of Boston.

By noon Wednesday, more than 495,000 power outages were reported in Massachusetts, 85,000 in Rhode Island, 12,000 in Connecticut and 5,000 in Maine, according to PowerOutage.us.

The storm, which was expected to produce about 2-6 inches of rain over several states from Tuesday to Wednesday, led the governors of New Jersey and New York to declare a state of emergency in advance, just weeks after the start of hurricane Ida. flooding there in early September.

Moderate and minor river flooding was still ongoing in parts of northern New Jersey and upstate New York on Wednesday, the weather service said.

Strong wind warnings were still in effect Wednesday morning for a strip of New England coastline from Connecticut to Maine.

Winds are expected to remain gusty in parts of New England until Wednesday, although they are expected to decrease in speed in the afternoon, the weather service said.

A wave crashes into the retaining wall of a house in Fairhaven, Massachusetts on Tuesday as a powerful northeast sweeps through the area.

“One of the worst I have seen”

Joe Kidston was one of the Massachusetts residents without power on Wednesday morning. Electricity was cut off at his home in Hingham as the howling wind knocked down the trees around 3 a.m., he said.

“It was one of the worst I’ve seen,” Kidston said of the storm.

Kidston posted a video of the storm and its aftermath on Twitter, showing strong and noisy winds during the night and felled tree branches in the morning.

Debris blocked the road to his home.

“We live at a dead end,” he said on Twitter, sharing photos of the trees. “Looks like we’re stuck here for a while. “

Plymouth County, where Hingham is located, has experienced wind gusts ranging from 40 mph to 85 mph.

CNN’s Paul P. Murphy, Judson Jones and Monica Garrett contributed to this report.



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