NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fierce winds and torrential rain downed timber and knocked out energy throughout the U.S. Northeast on the fifth anniversary of lethal Superstorm Sandy, halting trains in the course of the Monday morning commute and darkening neighborhoods from Boston to Washington.
Wind gusts of 131 miles (210.eight km) per hour have been reported on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington at 2:fifty five a.m. (0655 GMT), whereas as much as four inches (10.sixteen cm) of rain fell throughout New England on Sunday and early Monday, stated Nationwide Climate Service meteorologist Marc Chenard. Winds of eighty two mph have been clocked on Cape Cod in southeast Massachusetts.
“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 stories of accidents.
The storm hit the East Coast 5 years after Sandy killed a minimum of 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 suspended early 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.
Greater than 1.three million houses and companies misplaced electrical energy in a single day all through the Northeast, together with about 484,000 clients in Maine, 320,000 in Massachusetts, 270,000 in New Hampshire, 142,000 in Rhode Island, ninety,000 on New York’s Lengthy Island, and forty five,000 in Vermont, based on native media.
Early on Monday, visitors lights in elements of Washington, D.C. remained darkish because of energy outages.
The Nationwide Climate Service stated the heaviest rains and winds ended late on Monday morning, however lighter precipitation and a few gusts would persist all through the day.
“The most important potential now’s for extra timber to return down and for minor-to-average river flooding in japanese New York and far of New England right now into tomorrow,” Chenard stated.
It was not instantly recognized how lengthy it will be till energy was absolutely restored.
Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Modifying by Lisa Von Ahn and Andrew Hay