The Wildest Scenes from New England’s Bomb Cyclone

Bombogenesis struck again, with downed power lines across the region.

Photo by Lisa Weidenfeld

This morning, over 224,000 people in Massachusetts and over half a million across New England are in the dark after a powerful storm walloped the area overnight.

In the wee hours, the nor’easter underwent a process called bombogenesis, officially making it a “bomb cyclone.” A storm can only earn this very cool and edgy title if the atmospheric pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours. At Logan Airport, the pressure dropped 43 millibars, reaching an October record low and creating rapidly intensifying strong winds. At their peak at 2:50 a.m., Logan saw 48 mph sustained winds, with gusts of up to 66 mph. The highest gusts in Massachusetts were recorded in Provincetown, at 90 mph.


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With strong winds came felled trees:

And with felled trees (and flying trampolines) came damaged cars.

Drivers aren’t the only ones with travel woes this morning. According to Keolis Commuter Services, the commuter rail is struggling with flooding, blocked tracks, train damage, and power outages. Expect “significant delays” on the Newburyport/Rockport, Lowell, Greenbush and Middleboro lines, and minor delays on the others. The MBTA’s Green Line also saw some delays this morning thanks to some trees and power lines down at Waban.

However, while all this damage might have some feeling like this…

…It’s a good one for any kids who forgot to do their homework last night. Several school districts across the state are closed for the day due to the number of impassable roads.

It’s also a pretty good day if you’ve got webbed feet and waterproof feathers:

Or if you’re always on the hunt for a new stick to chew. Happy Bomb Cyclone, one and all!


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