BOSTON – News spread quickly yesterday that a nor'easter was set to make landfall across the northeast region of the United States, with much of the projected impact slated to hit Massachusetts. Even though the nor'easter was expected for much of the week and for all of yesterday, the first major sign that it was going to be a big storm came when game four of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros was postponed entirely after it was scheduled to start in the Bronx.
Ultimately, the nor'easter did end up having a massive impact on the entire region of New England as many areas were left without power for extended periods of time and the MBTA of course suffered some delays as a result.
Fallen trees have impacted the routes of certain MBTA lines, with many trains running behind schedule. After clearing paths on the Rockport and Newburyport line, those trains have resumed regular schedules, but Fitchburg, Greenbush, and Middleborough lines remain delayed because of the flooding from last night's snow-less nor'easter.
Additionally, 200,000 people were reportedly without power last night after the extreme weather swept through many areas of Massachusetts. Portions of the campus at UMass Amherst were without power during the middle of the night, for example. Many areas in the counties of Worcester and Hampden were without power, but the brunt of this loss was found in Boston. The state's coastal islands were also severely impacted. As of this morning, many regions are still without power.
This is largely because the nor'easter did not just bring rain with it, but it also extremely high wind speeds. Some areas of the state saw wind pick up at over 90 miles per hour! Because of this, power outages are expected to continue because the nor'easter is not done yet. The storm is slated to continue today with more rain, lower temperatures, and wind gusts averaging out around 55 miles per hour.
Stay safe out there!
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