More than 1 million power outages in the Northeast after blockbuster fall storm, one of the strongest in memory, exploded off the Mid-Atlantic coast Sunday night before tearing through the Northeastern United States.
Tropical storm-force wind gusts rattled the Mid-Atlantic while some hurricane-force gusts battered coastal New England, the hardest-hit area. One location in eastern Massachusetts clocked a gust at 93 mph.
— Bill Line (@bill_line) October 30, 2017
More than 1.3 million customers lost power, mostly in New England, the most since Hurricane Sandy five years ago. There were 300,000 customers in the dark in Massachusetts, 500,000 in Maine, New Hampshire: 230,000; Connecticut: 150,000; Rhode Island: 145,000 and Vermont: 70,000.
The 400,000 power failures in Maine, where winds gusted to 70 mph in spots, represents almost one-third of its population and surpasses the number during its great ice storm in 1998.
Rainfall amounts generally ranged from one to five inches, with the heaviest totals from northeast West Virginia to western New York. A remarkable amount of territory received at least an inch of rain, including the entirety of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and almost all of Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont.
The storm drew a tremendous stream of moisture into the region, sourced from the Caribbean, and including the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe.
Peak winds reached 40 to 50 mph around Washington and Baltimore on Sunday night. The top gust at Reagan National Airport and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was 47 mph. Wind gusts in New England were on par with a high-end tropical storm with gusts at the coast reaching 60 to 80 mph and 40 to 60 mph in inland locations.
The winds and resulting power failures closed schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
The storm underwent bombogenesis, meaning that it rapidly intensified, increasing the strength of winds near the center.
Flash flooding in Bartlett, NH:
Flash flooding in Bartlett, NHpic.twitter.com/Ilt2aEIgFL
— NortheastWeatherWx (@NEWeatherWx) October 30, 2017
Reports of debris and flooded roadways across #Massachusetts. This scene was caught in Brookline:
— Anaridis Rodriguez (@Anaridis) October 30, 2017
Because tides were low, coastal flooding was not a serious issue, although a storm surge of nearly five feet came into New York City. The city averted flooding issues only because this surge coincided with low tide.