More than 100,000 customers without power in the northeast as destructive winds sweep through the region




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More than 100,000 homes and businesses in the northeast were without power early Tuesday after a series of heavy storms brought torrential rains and damaging winds to the region.

More than 65 million people from the mountains of North Carolina to Cape Cod, Massachusetts – including Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York – were under wind advisories overnight as forecasters warned that gusts of up to up to 50 mph were possible, increasing the risk of tree damage and hazardous road conditions.

Gusts of 60 to 70 mph were reported in Pennsylvania and New York, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said, with 350 reports of damaging winds in the area Sunday through Monday night.

Hail was also falling in some areas, though the harsh conditions that spawned deadly tornadoes in Iowa on Saturday have eased, Guy noted.

About 50,000 customers in New York City were without power early Tuesday morning, according to PowerOutage.us. Some 26,000 outages have been reported in Pennsylvania, including more than 11,000 in New Jersey. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine also reported outages of more than 4,000 each.

“The rain with this system was quite heavy and saturated the ground.” Guy said. “Falled trees are expected with the strong winds causing power outages and travel delays.”

As the storm system moves out of the region, colder temperatures will set in, the National Weather Service said.

The gusty northeast winds come as parts of Iowa clean up damage left by killer tornadoes over the weekend.

Several tornadoes touched down near Des Moines on Saturday, killing seven people, including two children, and affecting dozens of homes. In Madison County, six people were killed, Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayala said. The oldest victim was 72 years old and the youngest 2 years old.

The tornado was an EF-4, meaning it had maximum sustained winds of 170 mph. It remained on the ground for more than 90 minutes and its trajectory extended for almost 70 miles.

It was the first EF-4 tornado in Iowa since October 2013 and the second-longest tornado path since 1980, behind only a 117-mile path on June 7, 1984, in southern Iowa.

“This is, I think, the worst anyone has seen in quite a long time,” Ayala said Sunday, noting that about 52 homes in 13 miles were damaged or destroyed in Madison County.

A person in a rural area near the Lucas County town of Chariton was also killed, an official said.

Overall, there were just under 40 tornado reports over the weekend, according to CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen. Most were reported Saturday in Iowa, although there were others in Arkansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Indiana.

In total, there have been more than 200 reports of severe weather — including tornadoes, damaging winds and hail — in more than a dozen states, Hennen said.

The Chariton tornado is also estimated to be an EF3, with winds of 138 mph, and was on the ground for more than 16 miles, according to preliminary weather service investigations. Other tornadoes that touched down included an EF2 with estimated winds of 122 mph near Leon, which was on the ground for 19 miles, the weather service said.

An EF1 tornado with winds of 110 mph occurred in Vinton; an EF1 with 100 mph winds hit West Lake Park; and an EF-0 tornado also touched down in West Lake Park with winds of 65 mph, according to the weather service.


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