Dozens of Boats, Docks Wrecked From Jersey to Maine

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Dozens of boats from New Jersey to Maine broke from their moorings as a dangerous "bomb cyclone" nor'easter ran up the Atlantic coast. Many optimistic boaters in the Northeast keep their boats in the water right up until Halloween because of the prospect of one more "Indian Summer" day on the water.

This year it proved a mistake, as the surprise storm ravaged docks and uprooted moorings.

Salem, Massachusetts, in the aftermath of the storm. (Photo by Ben Winthrop)

Salem, Massachusetts, in the aftermath of the storm. (Photo by Ben Winthrop)

Quoting NOAA:

nor’easter is essentially a storm system that’s defined by both its location and the direction from which its strongest winds blow. This nor’easter also meets the criteria to be considered a “bomb cyclone” because of how quickly the storm intensified. 

A bomb cyclone is defined as a mid-latitude cyclone whose minimum central air pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. In fact, this storm dropped more than 30 millibars in less than 24 hours, and set low-pressure records for the month of October in Boston, Providence, R.I., and Portland, Maine.

The powerful coastal system, seen in this NOAA-20 day-night band imagery from early on Oct. 17, 2019, is bringing the Northeast very heavy rainfall and damaging winds capable of toppling power lines. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Boston reported overnight wind gusts of 90 mph in Provincetown, Mass. Those powerful wind gusts left nearly half a million people in Massachusetts and Maine without power as of 11 a.m. ET. Across Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, more than 100,000 homes and businesses woke up to darkness, according to poweroutage.us. High wind warnings and wind advisories remain in effect from coastal Virginia to Massachusetts.

The powerful coastal system, seen in this NOAA-20 day-night band imagery from early on Oct. 17, 2019, is bringing the Northeast very heavy rainfall and damaging winds capable of toppling power lines. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Boston reported overnight wind gusts of 90 mph in Provincetown, Mass. Those powerful wind gusts left nearly half a million people in Massachusetts and Maine without power as of 11 a.m. ET. Across Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, more than 100,000 homes and businesses woke up to darkness, according to poweroutage.us. High wind warnings and wind advisories remain in effect from coastal Virginia to Massachusetts.

While the nor’easter is expected to quickly lift into eastern Canada by tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 18) rain and snow may linger across parts of interior New England through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. As this system moves out, the NWS says folks from the Appalachians to the Northeast can expect to see temperatures dip 10-20 degrees below normal for October.

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