More Than 900,000 Without Power as Major Storm Batters Northeast

The Associated Press

More than 900,000 customers were without power in the Northeast on Monday as a major storm battered parts of the region with hurricane-force winds and torrential rain.

The power outages spanned several states — including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire — as the coastal storm made its way toward the Greater Boston area early Monday morning.

New Hampshire and Massachusetts accounted for the bulk of the outages with 227,242 and 232,832 customers without power, respectively.

Passengers at LaGuardia Airport in New York City were experiencing delays up to two hours over the weekend, according to FlightAware, which estimated that more than 250 U.S. flights had been canceled due to the storm.

Major Northeast cities were hit with dangerous flash floods — including areas near Albany, NY — as the storm brought as much as 5.40 inches of rain to some areas, meteorologist said.

Parts of New Jersey, northwest Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire were all under flash-flood warnings.

Meteorologists said the excessive rain could cause rivers to rise throughout the week, but they did not expect any major river flooding.

Wind gusts totaled more than 80 miles per hour in parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, ripping down trees and knocking down power lines. Flash flood and high wind warnings were issued across the region.

On Sunday, a motorist in Newark said he got in high water in the city’s east ward and was forced to escape through his car window.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Karma Allen