Strong weather hits Northeast
Peter Raymond gets some help from Robert Freeman in the recovery of items from Raymond’s sailboat Monday in Dartmouth, Mass. A strong weather system hit the Northeast early Monday, sending sailboats in the area crashing onto Padanaram Beach.
HARTFORD, Conn. — A severe storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and soaking rain swept through the Northeast early Monday, knocking out power for nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses and forcing hundreds of schools to close in New England.
Falling trees knocked down power lines across the region, and some utility companies warned customers that power could be out for days. Trees also fell onto homes and vehicles, but no serious injuries were reported.
New England got the brunt of the storm, which brought sustained winds of up to 50 mph in spots. A gust of 130 mph was reported at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, while winds hit 82 mph in Mashpee on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
The storm left 450,000 New Hampshire residents without power at its peak and produced wind gusts of 78 mph, emergency officials said. Maine also was hit hard, with 492,000 homes and businesses losing electricity, surpassing the peak number from an infamous 1998 ice storm.
Electricity was slowly being restored. As of late Monday afternoon, more than 1.2 million customers were still without power, according to a tally of power failures from utility companies in more than a half-dozen states.
A line crew works to restore power Monday, in East Montpelier, Vt., after a wind storm knocked down trees and power lines, leaving more than a quarter of Vermont’s population in the dark.