Nor’easter Brings Hurricane-Force Winds to Massachusetts

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After battering the New York area, the tempest knocked retired energy to hundreds of thousands of customers crossed New England connected Wednesday.

A downed histrion   blocked a thoroughfare  successful  Brockton, Mass., connected  Wednesday greeting  arsenic  a nor’easter moved into New England.
Credit...Brockton Emergency Management Agency

Oct. 27, 2021, 7:21 a.m. ET

High winds from an aboriginal play nor’easter were causing wide powerfulness outages crossed New England aboriginal Wednesday morning, with the National Weather Service reporting gusts of hurricane unit on the seashore of Massachusetts.

Although determination were nary contiguous reports of damage, a high-wind informing was successful effect done precocious Wednesday day for parts of Massachusetts and confederate Rhode Island, the Weather Service said.

[635 AM] Dangerous concern aboriginal this greeting adjacent and southeast of the I-95 corridor. Winds gusting implicit Hurricane Force crossed southeast MA. Numerous downed trees and implicit 400K powerfulness outages successful MA alone. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED aboriginal this greeting successful southeast MA. pic.twitter.com/Hx5zjVKcd6

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 27, 2021

As of 7 a.m. Eastern time, astir 425,000 customers successful Massachusetts, astir 80,000 successful Rhode Island and astir 25,000 successful Maine were without power, according to PowerOutage.us, which aggregates information from utilities crossed the country.

The Weather Service successful Boston warned coastal residents, “For your information indoors, enactment distant from windows!” It besides said the Nantucket country had experienced a bomb cyclone, an explosive deepening of unit that tin pb to almighty wind.

Andrew Loconto, a meteorologist with the Weather Service successful Boston, said connected Wednesday greeting that the tempest was conscionable southbound of Nantucket but was expected to determination retired to oversea aboriginal successful the day.

“That should bring astir a alteration successful the upwind gusts,” Mr. Loconto said, portion noting that the Boston country could inactive spot upwind gusts up to 55 m.p.h. and Cape Cod could spot winds adjacent 65 m.p.h.

“It’s inactive beauteous unsafe crossed Cape Code and besides astatine times successful the Boston area,” helium said. Rain showers should statesman to taper disconnected by this afternoon.

The aforesaid tempest battered the New York City country connected Tuesday with dense rain, beardown winds and the menace of flash floods, though the portion was mostly spared the benignant of deadly utmost upwind brought by the remnants of Hurricane Ida past month.

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Heavy rainfall and precocious winds prompted flash flood threats successful New York and New Jersey. Meteorologists forecasted arsenic overmuch arsenic 5 full inches of rainfall successful New York City, earlier the tempest was expected to determination up the seashore done eastbound Massachusetts.CreditCredit...Bryan Anselm for The New York Times

Roads flooded crossed the region, with flood warnings successful effect done Wednesday for the Saddle River successful Lodi, N.J., and for the Ramapo River successful bluish New Jersey and Orange and Rockland Counties successful New York.

Officials moved rapidly to hole for the nor’easter, successful portion scarred by the strength of respective storms this summertime that exposed the region’s vulnerability to the utmost upwind events made much predominant and aggravated by clime change.

“We’re not looking extracurricular and seeing Ida today; however, each tempest has to beryllium taken seriously,” Joseph Fiordaliso, who leads New Jersey’s inferior board, said astatine a quality conference.

“Someday possibly we’ll conscionable person a regular rainstorm. We don’t look to get those overmuch anymore,” helium said, adding, “Climate alteration is real, and we person to enactment to mitigate arsenic overmuch of it arsenic we perchance can.”

The threats were brought into stark alleviation past month, erstwhile torrential rainfall brought by Ida unleashed rushing waters that killed 11 people, including a toddler and his parents, successful basement apartments successful New York City. At slightest 43 people died crossed New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut amid the hurricane’s watery remnants.

Reporting was contributed by James Barron, Ellen Barry, Johnny Diaz, Precious Fondren, Michael Gold, Azi Paybarah, Dana Rubinstein, Ed Shanahan, Chris Stanford, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Tracey Tully and Mihir Zaveri.

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