Photos: Nor’easter triggers coastal flooding, thousands of power outages in northeastern US
By Mark Puleo, AccuWeather staff writer
October 28, 2018, 10:42:03 AM EDT
The first nor’easter of the season hit the northeastern United States with force, leaving over 35,000 without power at the height of the storm. Downed trees and flooding caused travel chaos.
The coastline of the mid-Atlantic and New England endured the worst of the storm as strong winds led to tree damage in many communities. Wind gusts of up to 67 mph were recorded.
The strong winds blowing the ocean’s water onshore led to moderate to major coastal flooding at high tide from New Jersey to Long Island Sound on Saturday.
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Coastal flooding forced officials to shut down northbound lanes of FDR Drive in Manhattan. Long Island Rail Road temporarily suspended the Long Beach Branch as water covered the roads around midday Saturday.
The Peconic River at Riverhead in eastern Long Island rose past the major flood stage of 7.1 feet to 7.83 feet on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
While the storm brought soaking rain to most of the Northeast, a wintry mix unfolded over the mountains of upstate New York and New England.
Snow totaled 5.5 inches near Randolph, New Hampshire, and 4.1 inches near Madison, New Hampshire. A National Weather Service observer recorded 3.5 inches near Bethel, Maine.
Storm surge bubbling up through the ground on Rings End Landing in Darien. pic.twitter.com/kMjbBpYmqj— Bill Ozanne (@BillOzanne) October 27, 2018
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