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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.