Rough weather cuts power to thou­sands

South­ern New Eng­land ap­pears to suf­fer the brunt of the storm dam­age overnight

Gulf News - - Americas -

Thou­sands of peo­ple in the north­east­ern area were with­out power yes­ter­day as se­vere weather pounded the re­gion with pow­er­ful winds and drench­ing rains.

South­ern New Eng­land ap­peared to suf­fer the brunt of the storm dam­age overnight.

Ever­source re­ported more than 150,000 Con­necti­cut cus­tomers were with­out power around 2am.

Na­tional Grid also re­ported more than 130,000 cus­tomers were with­out power in Rhode Is­land and Mas­sachusetts.

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Joe Del­li­carpini said there were re­ports of downed trees and power lines around the re­gion, and roads that were im­pass­able in spots due to flash flood­ing.

The Meriden Hu­man So­ci­ety in Con­necti­cut put out a call for vol­un­teers on its Face­book page on Sun­day night to help deal with flood­ing in its ken­nels.

A cou­ple of hours later, the hu­mane so­ci­ety thanked the vol­un­teers who turned out to help dig a “ma­jor trench” to drain wa­ter away from the build­ing.

Flash flood and high wind warn­ings were is­sued across the re­gion.

Tough winds

Del­li­carpini said parts of Rhode Is­land and Mas­sachusetts saw wind gusts of up to 112km/h or more.

Con­im­i­cut Light on Nar­ra­gansett Bay in Rhode Is­land re­ported a wind gust of 130km/h.

The same storm sys­tem also caused prob­lems ear­lier on Sun­day in Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jersey and New York.

Del­li­carpini said the storm was ex­pected to move north to Maine, New Hamp­shire and Ver­mont later in the day, yes­ter­day.

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