Nor’easter cuts power to over half-million homes, businesses

2021-10-27 12:30:14 –

Boston-A hurricane storm hit the Atlantic coast, ruining more than 500,000 homes and businesses in New England and forcing the area to close bridges, ferries and schools on Wednesday.

Utility workers strove to regain power as the stormy winds and rains felt north to Nova Scotia diminished throughout the day.

The Massachusetts Office for Emergency Management reported a power outage of about 425,000 after a gust of 94 mph (151 kph) blew a tree branch with heavy, moist leaves onto the power lines. Utility reported approximately 90,000 customers on Rhode Island, 17,000 in Maine, 15,000 in Connecticut, and 6,000 in New Hampshire.

Authorities advised refraining from traveling to southeastern Massachusetts due to wind, windthrows and power line downs. The best gust of storm was recorded at 94 mph on the Ferry Dock on Martha’s Vineyard, it said.

Dozens of schools have canceled classes. In Connecticut, a power line went down on a school bus to Middletown High School. No injuries have been reported. Six students were on the bus. The bus continued its route even after emergency personnel removed the power lines.

On Rhode Island, authorities closed the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verazzano Bridges in a gust of 70 mph early Wednesday and soon resumed most vehicles. The school bus was not yet allowed to cross.

Ferry services to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island were suspended on Wednesday.

One driver was killed and the other injured when a tree branch fell on two vehicles passing by in Morris Township, northern New Jersey, officials said.

The body of a kayaker, who disappeared off Long Island in New York, was found underwater by a helicopter search team and then recovered near Bronx, according to Coast Guard officials. Lawrence Broderick, 45, was reported missing early Tuesday.

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