Northeast Storms Knock Out Power, Disrupt Traffic, Delay Flights

Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 12:49 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The Northeast was ravaged by storms Monday as heavy rains and high winds swept across the region, knocking out power and causing traffic and flight delays from Pennsylvania through Maine.

"There were over 140 reports of damaging winds in the Northeast Monday, most of them in a swath from New York City and the Catskills northeast into Maine," said Weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. "The last time there were more severe weather reports in a single day nationwide was Sept. 11, and that was also mostly a Northeast event."

Aside from two individuals being injured in Bergen County, N.J. after a tree fell on them, there were no reported injuries caused by the storms, though area airports suffered delays throughout the start of the week.

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The Philadelphia International Airport had a 45 minutes flight delay, the Associated Press reported.

In New York City, prolonged gusty winds and heavy rain swept through the Big Apple affecting commutes and causing minor flooding in certain areas.

Isolated tornado warnings occurred in surrounding New York counties, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to "strongly encourage all New Yorkers to take extra precautions and stay tuned to local media reports for the latest information on today’s storms."

As a result of the heavy rain, the National Weather Service warned on Monday of potential flooding in areas of Pennsylvania where there are small streams or preexisting drainage issues, while wind in Massachusetts reportedly toppled trees throughout the state.

The downed trees led to power outages throughout Massachusetts, affecting thousands of residents, particularly in the central and western parts of the state, weather.com reported.

Similarly in Vermont, approximately 80 communities across the state suffered power outages, amounting to some 8,000 residents going without electricity as of Monday afternoon.

Power was restored to all but about 580 customers in Vermont as of early Tuesday, weather.com noted.

In neighboring New Hampshire, the damage was even more extensive, with about 23,500 residents losing power as a result of the storm.

In Maine, approximately 2,500 residents lost power due to the storm.

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