Strong weather hits North­east

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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.

AP/Stan­dard Times/PETER PEREIRA

AP/LISA RATHKE

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.

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