‘Bomb cyclone’ leaves more than 600K without power in New England 💥💥💥

More than 600,000 homes and businesses were without power in New England on Wednesday morning, including more than 495,000 in Massachusetts, 86,000 in Rhode Island, 14,000 in Maine and 11,000 in Connecticut, according to PowerOutage.us.

Wind gusts of 74 mph or stronger were recorded Wednesday morning in some 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 clocked in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
“TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED early this morning in southeast MA,” the weather service in Boston tweeted Wednesday morning, citing dangerous wind gusts.
Numerous trees were reported down across the Boston area. In Milton just south of Boston, a tree fell onto Colleen McCarthy’s home early Wednesday, coming to rest on the roof above a bedroom where a 3-year-old was sleeping, CNN affiliate WBZ reported. No one was hurt.

“I’ve never been in an earthquake, but that was my first reaction. Our whole house shook. We heard a crack. It really did. It felt like an earthquake,” McCarthy told WBZ.

With strong winds pushing against trees on saturated ground, “power outages from downed trees are the concern through Wednesday,” CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

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

The storm, which was expected to deliver about 2 to 6 inches of rain in short order over several states from Tuesday into Wednesday, led the governors of New Jersey and New York to declare states of emergency in advance, just weeks after Hurricane Ida left severe flooding there in early September.
Moderate and minor river flooding still was underway Wednesday in parts of northern New Jersey and upstate New York, the weather service said.

High-wind warnings still were in effect Wednesday morning for a swath of coastal New England from Connecticut to Maine.

Winds should remain gusty in parts of New England though Wednesday, though they should diminish in speed in the afternoon, the weather service said.

A wave crashes Tuesday into the retaining wall of a home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, as a powerful nor'easter makes its way across the region.

‘One of the worst I’ve seen’

Joe Kidston was one of the Massachusetts residents without power Wednesday morning. The electricity went out at his home in Hingham as howling wind pushed down trees around 3 a.m., he said.

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

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

The debris blocked the road leading to his home.

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

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

CNN’s Judson Jones and Monica Garrett contributed to this report.

‘Bomb cyclone’ leaves more than 600K without power in New England

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