Massive Storms Rock Northeast, Hundreds of Thousands Without Power
Severe storms marched through the I-95 Northeast urban corridor on Tuesday, resulting in hundreds of thousands of power outages from New Hampshire to Virginia.
A powerful cold front blasted through the region, leading to hurricane-force wind gusts in parts of the mid-Atlantic. Medford, New Jersey recorded a 75 mile-per-hour (MPH) wind gust, while Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had a peak wind gust topping out at 71 MPH. The widespread nature of the 60-75 MPH winds along a lengthy line spanning the I-95 corridor took out power lines and brought down trees to the tune of 252 wind damage reports, almost all of which took place in the Northeast.
At one point on Tuesday evening, over 800,000 were without power across the Northeast, with New Jersey hardest hit with nearly half of that figure. Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Virginia and Massachusetts were also hard-hit with widespread power outage reports. New England’s largest power company, Eversource, brought in extra power crews from New Hampshire and Massachusetts to assist with Connecticut’s power outages, which required a State of Emergency declaration in the town of Ridgefield.
No injuries had been reported as of late Monday night, but at least 500,000 were still in the dark as of 11:30pm EDT.
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Meteorologist Chris Bianchi