Fall storm lashes New England
A strong ocean storm, fed in part by the remnants of once Hurricane Tomas, today is smacking New England with strong winds, rain and a little bit of snow.
The storm is unusual in that it's backing into New England from the east (or retrograding), rather than coming up the coast. Its development and interaction with a tropical system are leading some to compare it with the "Perfect Storm" of 1991:
Meteorologist Tom Kelley, out of Boston, writes:
Does this remind you at all of late October 1991? Yes, this weather pattern has similarities to the ('No Name') Halloween Hurricane of 1991... On October 27, 1991 a front stalled east of the United States, while Hurricane Grace spun up south of Bermuda. This year the Hurricane name is Tomas. . . .
. . . Much like what happened in 1991, the old front is absorbing energy from Tomas into a new storm developing east of New England
While the evolution of the two storms share some similarities, the 1991 Perfect Storm was more powerful, larger in extent, and longer lasting.
Nonetheless, the Associated Press reports some significant impacts from the current storm in northern New England:
More than 62,000 homes and businesses were in the dark Monday morning in Maine alone, and there were sporadic power outages elsewhere across the region. Portland International Jetport recorded a gust of 63 mph, and gusts topped 60 mph at the Isles of Shoals off New Hampshire.
Further south, the Weather Channel tweeted that flight delays exceeded one and half hours at Newark and LaGuardia airports due to wind. Wind advisories are in effect from just north of Philadelphia into New England for gusts up to 60 mph.
The storm has pulled down enough cold air to produce the first snowflakes of the season in Boston, New York City, Providence, Hartford, Newark and Worcester.
Here in Washington - well south of the storm center - the storm's main impact will continue to be gusty winds - but not quite reaching wind advisory level criteria. Peak wind gusts locally should be in the 30-35 mph range this afternoon.
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