December 5, 2021

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‘Bomb cyclone’ path LIVE – Nor’easter brings ‘hurricane-force’ winds after another storm smashes California & west coast

A NOR’EASTERN has hit the Northeast with “hurricane-force” winds after a bomb cyclone smashed California and the west coast.

New Jersey and New York declared states of emergency, with NYC mayor Bill de Blasio telling New Yorkers to “Take this seriously.”

Whipping winds and heavy rains have left parts of the northeast without power as the latest “bomb cyclone” pounds the region.

The nor’easter, the first of the season, is expected to continue through Wednesday night.

Parts of New England, including Long Island, New York, remain under a weather advisory.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 40,000 people in New York, Connecticut, and Maine remain without power.

This is a different storm from the bomb cyclone that hit the West Coast earlier this week, causing record-breaking rainfall but also a revival of Yosemite Falls.

Read our bomb cyclone live blog below for the latest updates…

  • STORM TROUBLE

    In Connecticut, as rain slammed the Northeast, power lines came down on a school bus headed to Middletown High School on Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported. 

    The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority closed the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges due to wind gusts of 70 mph early Wednesday morning, then reopened them shortly after to most vehicles. 

    Ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket was suspended Wednesday. 

  • NOR’EASTER KILLS KAYAKER

    A kayaker was killed trying to cross water near New York City after flash floods and powerful winds ripped through the area.

    Laurence Broderick, 45, was found dead by the coastguard around midday Tueday after going out on the water the night before.

    He had been wearing a life-jacket when he was spotted in the water by a helicopter search crew, Fox News reports.

    Capt. Zeita Merchant, the commander of Coast Guard Sector New York, said crews “searched diligently for Mr. Broderick.”

    She added: “As with everyone impacted by the news, were hoping for a different outcome of today’s mission.

    “We continue to urge all recreational craft users in the area to heed weather and condition warnings as they consider whether or not to go out on the water.” 

  • WELL-KNOWN NOR’EASTERS

    The National Weather Service noted that there have been several memorable nor’easters over the years.

    “Some well known Nor’easters include the notorious Blizzard of 1888, the ‘Ash Wednesday’ storm of March 1962, the New England Blizzard of February 1978, the March 1993 ‘Superstorm’ and the recent Boston snowstorms of January and February 2015,” the site revealed.

  • NOR’EASTER FROM ABOVE

    An image of the Nor’easter on Wednesday evening.

  • BOMB CYCLONE LEAVES MORE THAN 500K WITHOUT POWER

    As the bomb cyclone passed New England, hundreds of thousands of households were left without electricity in Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Wednesday.

    Most of those affected with outages were in Massachusetts, CNN reported.

    “National Grid and Eversource and the other utilities are already working to restore power where they can, but in some cases, they do need to wait until the winds come down before it’s really going to be safe to get up into a bucket truck,” said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

  • WHAT IS A NOR’EASTER?

    A nor’easter is a storm that forms along North America’s East Coast. Nor’easters get their name from the direction in which the strongest winds blow over the northeastern states, including New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

    Nor’easters begin to form within 100 miles of the coast that stretches between New Jersey and Georgia.

  • WHAT IS A BOMB CYCLONE?, CONTINUED

    The official term is explosive cyclogenesis, or bombogenesis which is very common.

    The so-called bombing occurs when a low-pressure system’s central pressure drops at least 24 millibars — A millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours or less.

  • WHAT IS A BOMB CYCLONE?

    The term does not refer to the storm itself. 

    Rather a bomb cyclone refers to a phenomenon expected to occur as this weather event unfolds. 

  • HUGE SWELLS IN MAINE

    Giant waves were spotted in Kennebunkport, Maine as remnants of the nor’easter continue to impact the region.

  • HISTORIC RAINFALL IN NEW YORK

    One Long Island, New York town recorded record rainfall during the nor’easter.

    Newsday reports that the 4.47 inches of rain that fell on Tuesday is more than twice the previous record of 1.5 inches, recorded in 1981.

    That number is also more than the average rainfall for the month of October in the town.

  • NOR’EASTER CLASSIFIED AS ‘BOMB CYCLONE’

    The nor’easter that hit the New England region this week had winds that rivaled those typical of a Category 1 hurricane, according to AccuWeather.

    Wind gusts in the 80 miles per hour range were reported in parts of Massachusetts.

  • SCHOOL BUS HIT BY FALLING POWERLINES

    A school bus carrying students to Middletown High School was struck by down wires on Wednesday morning in Connecticut.

    No injuries were reported, according to FOX61.

  • MORE TO COME

    The nor’easter has left its mark but isn’t done wreaking havoc yet.

    This timeline from @NWSBoston shows what’s in store tomorrow as the storm moves out of the northeast.

  • ANOTHER STORM HEADED FOR THE NORTHEAST?

    While the nor’easter that has pummeled the northeast for the last few days is slowly on its way out, another storm may be headed for the region.

    AccuWeather is reporting that while not as strong, a second storm later this week could bring more heavy wind and rain.

  • ROOF GOES FLYING IN QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS

    A recently-installed roof fell victim to the nor’easter storm in Quincy.

  • AVOID TRAVEL IN SOUTHERN MASSACHUSETTS

    That’s what officials are saying today.

    Fallen trees and down power lines as a result of the nor’easter storm are to blame.

  • FALLEN TREES

    Whipping winds from nor’easters often cause trees to tumble which can be dangerous to homes, cars, and other structures.

  • WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HURRICANES AND NOR’EASTERS?

    Over the Atlantic Ocean, both nor’easters and hurricanes form. Both are cyclones, which are storms with winds spiraling around a central low pressure zone.

    Hurricanes form over the warm waters of the tropics, which are located close to the equator.

    Nor’easters form further north, along the United States’ eastern coast. Nor’easters, on the other hand, thrive on cold air in the atmosphere and gain strength from it, whereas hurricanes thrive on warm air.

  • WHAT WAS THE STRONGEST HURRICANE?

    The strongest hurricane to ever occur in the Atlantic Basin was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The deadliest hurricane, however, was the Great Hurricane of 1780, which killed approximately 22,000 people.

  • WHAT IS A HURRICANE?

    Warm-core lows build over warm water during the summer, forming hurricanes. Rising air in a hurricane’s core cools and condenses, releasing latent heat that intensifies the storm. Hurricanes, unlike nor’easters, are given names.

    When they become tropical storms with winds of 35 knots or greater, they are given names.

  • DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

    Many people are posting photos of the damage caused by the nor’easter, encouraging others to stay home and avoid the roads.

  • WHAT IS A NOR’EASTER?

    A nor’easter is a storm that forms along North America’s East Coast. Nor’easters get their name from the direction in which the strongest winds blow over the northeastern states, including New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

    Nor’easters begin to form within 100 miles of the coast that stretches between New Jersey and Georgia.

  • WHAT IS A BOMB CYCLONE?, CONTINUED

    The official term is explosive cyclogenesis, or bombogenesis which is very common.

    The so-called bombing occurs when a low-pressure system’s central pressure drops at least 24 millibars — A millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours or less.

  • WHAT IS A BOMB CYCLONE?

    The term does not refer to the storm itself. 

    Rather a bomb cyclone refers to a phenomenon expected to occur as this weather event unfolds. 

  • STORM’S SILVER LINING

    According to Accuweather’s Bill Wadell, some people are happy to see the early-season precipitation as it can keep away forest fires.

    Alicen Navarro of South Lake Tahoe told Accuweather: “I’m really glad to see it after the wildfire season we had and living in the fear of wildland fire all summer.

    “That’s every year, but this year felt extremely intense.

    “So this extreme weather after that is good to see.”