(CNN) – Winds as strong as those from a tropical storm hit New England this Thursday morning while a storm known as a cyclone bomb cuts electricity and promises to interrupt travel in the region until the end of the work week.
The storm "is now stationed over southern New England with the pressure equivalent to a category 2 hurricane," said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.
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More than 550,000 customers from New York to Maine have no electricity, according to PowerOutages.us. And at least 50 flights have been canceled Thursday at Boston's Logan International Airport, FlightAware.com reports, and further delays and cancellations are expected until Friday night.
Wind gusts of 64 to 80 kilometers per hour are expected to punish New England for much of Thursday, while New York City, Boston and Portland, Maine, can feel winds of at least 62 kilometers per hour, with some stronger bursts.
Provincetown, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has already been hit with winds of 144 kilometers per hour. Boston Logan recorded gusts of 112 kmh overnight until Thursday, and gusts at the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire recorded 201 kilometers per hour.
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A wind warning or warning covers nearly 63 million people in 14 states, from the Appalachians in North Carolina to Maine.
Even when the rain of the cyclone pump is already decreasing on Thursday, flood warnings and warnings remain in much of New England.
The cyclone bomb breaks records
The cyclone bomb is a storm that grows very fast. To win that title, your pressure must generally drop 24 millibars (a unit that measures pressure) within 24 hours. The word "bomb" is used due to the explosive power that these storms derive from rapid pressure drops.
The storm that now plagues the northeast far exceeded the meteorologists standard: its pressure dropped 24 millibars in just 14 hours, and 35 millibars collapsed in 24 hours.
In fact, the system broke low pressure records for October in Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; Hartford, Connecticut; and Portland
The strongest rain from the storm fell in the state of New York, where they registered up to 12.7 centimeters. The states of the Mid-Atlantic and much of the Northeast received 1 to 5.1 centimeters of rain.