A MASSIVE storm barreled through New England this weekend dumping more than a foot of snow in the region’s first nor’easter of the season.
A massive nor’easter storm blanketed New England with more than a foot of snow causing widespread blackouts[/caption]
The nor’easter reportedly transformed into a bomb cyclone with winds reaching 105 mph[/caption]
The nor’easter boasted strong winds up to 105 mph and intensified into a so-called bomb cyclone as it moved across the region, AccuWeather reported.
Wind gusts of 73 mph were measured in Cape Cod on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
“This storm exploded in strength as energy moving through the northern and southern branches of the jet stream phased across New England,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Benz said.
According to AccuWeather, the heavy snowfall was “the culprit” behind the spiking blackout numbers across the northeast.
Residents were seen stocking up on groceries as the storm hit states in the region[/caption]
An estimated 270,000 customers were left without power during the snow onslaught[/caption]
The National Weather Service recorded peak snowfall at 18 inches in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.
Residents took to Twitter to both relish and revile the massive snowstorm.
“Lost power a few minutes ago from the nor’easter. Flickered on and off for a while then gave out. At least I still have a nice scotch,” one user tweeted.
Officials said that the storm caused treacherous road conditions[/caption]
Plows were seen cleaning snow off the streets throughout areas of the northeast hit with near-blizzard conditions[/caption]
A pedestrian walks through the raging snowstorm in New England on Saturday[/caption]
The storm was the region’s first nor’easter of the season[/caption]
Tom Sherman, a state senator in New Hampshire, tweeted praise of utility workers who made emergency fixes to powerlines in the snow.
“This lineman is my hero tonight! The nor’easter blew a tree on the line requiring repair. What a night to be on call — a huge thank you for your hard work!” Sherman tweeted.
Another Twitter user praised the United States Postal Service for delivering packages before the impending snowstorm.
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Photos show plows cleaning roads and residents stocking up on groceries during the storm.
According to the National Weather Service, nor’easters are storms that specifically hit the East Coast of North America and are called such because winds typically come from the northeast.
The massive storms often cause disastrous coastal flooding and have caused billions of dollars in damage and distress to human lives and infrastructure.