Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

More than 470,000 people are without power in Massachusetts Wednesday morning when a northern Easter hit the region with strong winds and severe flooding.

The state’s outcome map shows as many as 473,200 people without electricity from kl. 8.20

Wind gusts reached 97 mph at the height of the storm – and although the wind is expected to slow down as the morning progresses, the gusts still reached around 70 mph in the Outer Cape early Wednesday, NBC 10 Boston reported.

About half of the town of Chatham was left without power Wednesday morning when the storm tore down trees and branches, according to the report.

A woman was to be rescued from her car after a tree fell on top of it as she was driving on Route 6A in West Barnstable, the business reported.

Embedded wood.
The gusts reached 97 mph at the height of the storm.
Twitter / @ Brockton_EMA
A vehicle seen smashed by a tree in the middle of the storm.
A vehicle seen smashed by a tree in the middle of the storm.
Twitter / Duxbury Fire PIO

The car ended up on top of a power line – but police were able to rescue her safely and no one was injured.

That Massachusetts Steamship Authority suspended all service until further notice.

“The storm continues to bring strong winds to the area,” the ferry service tweeted. “Road travel is extremely dangerous, so do not try to get to our terminals.”

Trees break down power lines.
About half of the city of Chatham was left without power when the storm tore down trees and branches.
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A map showing power outages in Massachusetts.
A map showing power outages in Massachusetts.
More than 470,000 people lost power in Massachusetts.
More than 470,000 people lost power in Massachusetts.
Twitter / Duxbury Fire PIO
A northern Easter hit the region with strong winds and severe floods.
Twitter / Duxbury Fire PIO

Dozens of schools were either closed or delayed Wednesday due to the storm.

The Northeast also swept into the New York City area – and Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the public to “expect some influence until Wednesday morning.”

“Hold on to your hat this morning, especially along the coast!” NYC Department of National Weather Service tweeted early Wednesday. “While the rain has stopped, the wind remains blowing while our coastal lichen leaves to the northeast.”

Wind gusts reach 40 miles per hour at JFK Airport and become stronger further east – peaks at 60 miles per hour in Montauk.

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