Tropical storm causing travel disruptions and power outages in northeast USA

Peter Terlato 30 October 2017

Likely delays and cancellation at New England airports.

A tropical storm in the northeast of the United States has caused localized flooding, travel disruptions and left more than one million, primarily in Massachusetts and Maine, without power to their homes and businesses.

Tropical Storm Philippe brought fierce winds and heavy rain on the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

The National Weather Service reported winds of 131 mph on Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

New England endured the full force of the storm, which saw sustained winds of up to 50 mph and gusts of 82 mph recorded at Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Flood warnings have been issued for most of the region.

CNN reports approximately 1.2 million people in the expansive region lost electricity. Central Maine Power (CMP) said more than 350,000 customers – over half of their customer base – were without service Monday.

Our first priority is public safety, and crews are busy grounding and de-energizing downed lines so they don’t pose a danger to first responders or the public,” CMP spokesperson Gail Rice said.

There is no restoration estimates for specific areas. CMP expects recovery from this storm to take several days.

Accuweather reports airline delays are likely to occur at major hubs, such as New York City and Washington DC.

Air Canada has issued travel alerts for more than a dozen airports as a result of forecast thunderstorms and strong wind conditions. These airports include Boston, Halifax, Hartford, Moncton, Montréal (YUL), New York (EWR and LGA), Ottawa, Philadelphia, Sept-Îles, Toronto (YTZ and YYZ) and Washington (BWI, DCA and IAD).

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet issued a weather advisory warning for delays or cancellations in New York.

FlightAware is reporting delays at Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Boston Logan, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia.

Additionally, transportation links, such as rail and roads, have slowed as a result of Tropical Storm Philippe.

Conditions are anticipated to begin to gradually improve as the low-pressure system drifts north into Canada.

Earlier this year, powerful storm surges, including Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and Hurricane Maria in the northern Caribbean islands, brought devastation, delays and steep insurance bills.

Are you planning a vacation or traveling for work? Whatever the reason, check you have the right coverage.

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