A strong storm swept across New England, causing flash floods, heavy rain, and strong winds, leaving several hundred thousand people without electricity.
On December 18th, the electricity went out for over one hundred and twenty-one thousand customers’ homes and businesses just after 10:30 a.m.
New Jersey had 46,412 customers without power, while Connecticut had 82,000.
Maine had 101,852, New Hampshire had 40,016, and New York had 47,830 without electricity.
According to local reports, at Boston’s Union Wharf, gusts of 70 mph were recorded, while at Logan Airport, they were 68 mph, and at Northeastern University, they were 67 mph.
According to the National Weather Service, these were the harshest winds that Boston has seen since February 2013.
On the same day, Blue Hill Observatory also established a new record. Matt Douglas, an observer, said WBZ that gusts gusted up to 90 mph on Monday. At this peak of Blue Hill, the wind speed has not been this high since January 1996.
The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of high rates of regional flooding as the storm progressed northward.
A warm front is now draping down the coastal regions from Maine to Virginia. However, the latest report from NWS says extensive, severe rainfall will keep moving the stream northward.
According to the NWS, additional coastal instability along a narrow line of marginal strength was also anticipated. The areas most likely to get heavy rain, with a probability of 1 inch per hour or more, are portions of New Jersey, Connecticut, southern New York, and western Massachusetts.
The highly populated passageway from New Jersey, New York, and parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts is experiencing flooding concerns due to prolonged rainfall and higher rain rates. Local event totals may exceed 5 inches, according to the NWS.
Officials warned not to drive through flooded regions, causing several schools in the area to be delayed.
Many flights in the region were delayed at the airports. At Boston’s Logan International Airport, almost 200 flights were either late or canceled.
According to a report, most of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast have had a wet December due to rainstorms and flooding. Richmond, Virginia, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, have never had a rainier December, while dozens of other cities have made it into the top ten.