More than 600,000 homes and businesses were without power in New England as of Wednesday morning, including more than 495,000 in Massachusetts, 86,000 in Rhode Island, 14,000 in Maine and 11,000 in Connecticut, according to PowerOutage. us.
“I’ve never been in an earthquake, but that was my first reaction. Our whole house shook. We heard a crackle. It’s true. It was like an earthquake,” said McCarthy at WBZ.
With strong winds pushing against trees on saturated ground, “Power outages caused by felled trees are cause for concern until Wednesday,” CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
A “bomb cyclone” is a rapidly strengthening storm that increases by at least 24 millibars (one unit of pressure) in 24 hours – and generally the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.
Strong wind warnings were still in effect Wednesday morning for a coastal strip of New England from Connecticut to Maine.
Winds are expected to remain gusty in parts of New England on Wednesday, although they are expected to decrease in speed in the afternoon, the weather service said.
“One of the worst I have seen”
Joe Kidston was one of the Massachusetts residents without power on Wednesday morning. Electricity was cut off at his home in Hingham as the howling wind knocked down the trees around 3 a.m., he said.
“It was one of the worst I’ve seen,” Kidston said of the storm.
Debris blocked the road to his home.
“We live at a dead end,” he said on Twitter, sharing photos of the trees. “Looks like we’re stuck here for a while.”
Plymouth County, where Hingham is located, has experienced wind gusts ranging from 40 mph to 85 mph.
CNN’s Judson Jones and Monica Garrett contributed to this report.