A deadly storm known as the East Coast storm has left a trail of destruction across the Northeast and New England, claiming lives and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Initially impacting Florida with tropical storm-like conditions, the storm moved through the Southeast, bringing damaging wind gusts, flooding rain, and severe weather threats.
In Massachusetts, tragedy struck as high winds and heavy rain from the East Coast storm caused a tree to fall onto a small travel trailer, trapping a man inside, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. Reports from South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York reveal submerged cars with people trapped due to floodwater.
The storm’s impact intensified on Monday, with heavy rain, gusty winds, flash flooding, and coastal flooding extending from New York and New Jersey into New England. As the storm exits the region, the aftermath is evident, with numerous reports of flash flooding, closed roads, and downed trees that have disrupted power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark.
The concern for flooding in New England persists on Tuesday as swollen rivers continue to rise even after the storm’s passage. According to PowerOutage.US, utility customers across the Northeast and New England are grappling with power outages caused by snapped limbs and falling debris on utility lines due to high wind gusts.
Wind gusts, reaching close to or above hurricane strength (74 mph), wreaked havoc in the New York City tri-state area, leading to downed tree limbs and additional power outages. Homeowners were cautioned to secure holiday decorations, and several regions reported wind gusts exceeding 70 mph.
The Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Massachusetts, reported a top wind gust of 90 mph, approaching the highest December wind gust on record. Other locations, including Hudson, New Hampshire, Kittery Point in Maine, and Rockport in Massachusetts, experienced significant wind gusts.
Officials were forced to take preventive measures, closing roads and schools across the region. In Dover, New Jersey, all schools remained closed due to the challenging weather conditions. Numerous school districts in Connecticut faced delays or closures due to heavy rain, flooding, and damaging wind gusts.
In Wellesley, Massachusetts, police closed local roads and shared videos of fallen tree limbs obstructing routes. Water rescues were conducted in Danbury, Connecticut, as the storm’s impact unfolded, underscoring the challenges faced by communities dealing with the aftermath of this powerful and deadly storm.