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Hurricane-Force Gusts Batter New England, Knocking Out Power

  • Nor’easter that soaked New York now menaces Cape Cod, Maine
  • The storm has a 10% chance of becoming a subtropical system
A downed tree in Fairhaven, Massachusetts on Oct. 27.
A downed tree in Fairhaven, Massachusetts on Oct. 27.Photographer: Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times/AP Photo
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The nor’easter that soaked New York battered New England with hurricane-force gusts Wednesday, upending trees and leaving more than half a million homes and businesses without power. 

Wind gusts of 87 miles (140 kilometers) per hour ripped through Scituate, Massachusetts, near Boston. They reached 94 mph on Martha’s Vineyard, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm flooded roads, closed schools on Cape Cod and mangled the wings of several private airplanes at airports around the region. Roughly 590,000 homes and businesses were without electricity, primarily in Massachusetts, according to The storm’s central pressure, a measure of its strength, dropped so quickly that the National Weather Service designated it a “bomb cyclone.”