NEW YORK (Reuters) – A rainstorm throughout the U.S. Northeast unleashed fierce winds that downed timber, knocked out energy and halted commuter trains on Monday, 5 years after the lethal Superstorm Sandy struck the identical area.
A whole lot of hundreds of consumers throughout swaths of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and different states have been with out energy late on Monday whereas utility crews scrambled to restore downed energy strains.
In Maine, which was notably onerous hit, 385,000 Central Maine Energy Firm clients had no electrical energy late on Monday afternoon, the corporate stated in a press release.
Greater than 1.three million houses and companies had no energy on the peak of the outages, based on native media.
Wind gusts of 131 mph (211 km/h) have been reported on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington early on Monday, whereas as much as four inches (10 cm) of rain fell throughout New England on Sunday and early Monday, stated Nationwide Climate Service (NWS) meteorologist Marc Chenard.
“There was fairly a little bit of wind, and when the bottom will get moist like this, timber fall,” Chenard stated.
There have been no quick reviews of accidents.
The storm hit the East Coast 5 years after Sandy killed at the very least 159 individuals in New York, New Jersey and different elements of the East Coast, whereas damaging or destroying some 650,000 houses.
Amtrak practice service between Boston and New Haven, Connecticut, was briefly suspended on Monday as crews scrambled to clear branches and restore energy, authorities stated.
Connecticut commuters piled onto buses or sought various routes after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended Metro-North Railroad service on the New Canaan line and Danbury line after a mudslide and associated sign issues, the MTA stated.
Visitors lights in elements of Washington, D.C. remained darkish on account of energy outages early on Monday.
The heaviest rains and winds ended late on Monday morning, the NWS stated, however lighter precipitation and a few gusts endured all through the day.
Roads and intersections close to Plymouth, New Hampshire, have been flooded on Monday after the Pemigewasset River overflowed, stated NWS meteorologist Patrick Burke.
Some rivers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine had minor flooding, he stated.
Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Modifying by Lisa Von Ahn and Andrew Hay