High Winds Leave Tens Of Thousands Without Power In Northeast

More than 100,000 homes and businesses were without power across New England and New York on Tuesday as winds reaching 60 mph or more knocked down power lines across the region.

The wind gusted to 60 mph in Concord, New Hampshire, and topped 50 mph in numerous towns across the region.

The gusts were accompanied by single digit temperatures in parts of New England, creating dangerous conditions for those without heat.

On Monday evening, blackouts were affecting 30,000 customers across Massachusetts, including in Boston. High winds toppled scaffolding at the site of a seven-story building under construction late Monday night.

Authorities said no one was injured by the scaffolding collapse.

“Because it was night and it was cold, people were not anywhere near it, so when it fell there was nobody involved with it,” Fire Department District Chief Pat Nichols said. “It’s very fortunate that nobody was hurt.”

By daybreak, some of the worst of the storm damage was in Maine, where more than 30,000 customers were without power with temperatures in the single digits and strong winds making it feel even colder.

The wind howled through the night across the region, shaking windows and whipping trees. Higher elevations saw strong gusts, and New Hampshire’s Mount Washington recorded a gust of 131 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Fallen wires in Connecticut forced police to close more than a dozen roads, including streets in Windsor, Wethersfield, Farmington and Burlington. More than 17,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning.

More than 26,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning in New York. Ulster County in the Hudson Valley was hardest hit, with more than 11,000 households and businesses affected.

A wind advisory was in effect from Monday night until 4 p.m. Tuesday in New York City, where the winds forced ferry operators to suspend service from at least one Brooklyn pier.

The good news was that both the gusts and cold temperatures were expected to be short-lived, with winds calming and temperatures warming by Tuesday, said meteorologist Maura Casey in Maine.


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