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Northeast Storms Bring Winds, Power Outages to Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts

weather.com and Associated Press
Published: October 8, 2013
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A child crosses the street in a heavy rainfall in West Windsor, N.J., Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Fast-moving storms have blown through parts of the Northeast, lashing states with heavy rain and high winds and knocking out power.

"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."

Utility crews have been working to fix scattered power outages affecting thousands of customers in eastern New York after a line of storms spawned by a cold front on Monday. Winds toppled trees all around Massachusetts. At least two people were injured in Bergen, N.J. when a tree fell on them.

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The National Weather Service has warned of potential flooding along small streams and in poor drainage areas in Pennsylvania.

The severe weather prompted flight delays averaging 45 minutes at Philadelphia International Airport and caused area schools to cancel extra-curricular activities.

The entire northeast region is recovering from spotty power outages.

New Jersey

In a report on The Weather Channel this morning, a WNBC-TV reporter showed trees down in a neighborhood in Emerson, N.J. There are dozens of trees down throughout Bergen County, N.J., including many which fell on power lines. A few schools in Bergen, N.J. are closed today because they have no power.

Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, power is slowly being restored hours after winds toppled trees and knocked out electricity for thousands around Massachusetts, with the central and western parts of the state hardest hit.

Early Tuesday, just over 500 Western Massachusetts Electric Co. customers were without power. That's down from more than 1,800 in Pittsfield alone earlier Monday.

National Grid's website indicated more than 400 customers were without power. Earlier Monday, 2,000 people had lost power in both Worcester County and Franklin County, in the central and north central parts of the state.

Vermont

Electricity is slowly being restored in Vermont after at least 80 communities across the state sustained power outages.

Fast moving storms Monday afternoon left about 8,000 electric customers without power from one end of the state to the other and delayed flights at the Burlington International Airport.

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By early Tuesday, power had been restored to all but about 580 customers of Green Mountain Power, the state's largest supplier.

Police said Monday that Vermont Route 30 in Newfane was closed in front of the Newbrook Volunteer Fire Department would remain closed overnight because storms knocked trees, utility poles and wires into the roadway.

Motorists who use the route are asked to make alternate travel plans through at least Tuesday morning.

New Hampshire

Workers have restored power to most of the 23,500 New Hampshire electric customers who lost power following a series of storms that brought high winds to much of the state.

Public Service Company of New Hampshire is reporting just over 2,000 customers still are without power early Tuesday. That's down from a high of about 21,300 customers earlier Monday.

Maine

Maine utilities continue working to restore power to homes and businesses affected by rain and wind storms.

The storms knocked out power to about 1,400 Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service customers Monday. By Tuesday morning, that number was down to under 175.
  
Central Maine Power still had just over 900 customers without power Tuesday morning.

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This photo shows damage from a tornado, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 in Wayne, Neb. As many as nine tornadoes hit an area covering northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa, causing structural damage and injuries but no fatalities, the National Weather Service said Saturday. (AP Photo/Nebraska State Patrol)

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