Storm brings heavy rain, wind to East Coast, delays flights

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

High winds causing toppling trees, downing power lines.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A storm that includes some remnants of Hurricane Patricia was expected to bring heavy rain and wind to the East Coast on Wednesday.

A high wind warning that began today at noon remains in effect until 8 p.m. for Jefferson and Lewis counties, especially areas north of the Tug Hill Plateau. The National Weather Service issued coastal flood advisories from Virginia Beach through New England, and small craft advisories and gale warnings off shore. The weather service said the storm could bring sustained winds of up to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph in some areas and 2-3 inches of rain along the Interstate 95 corridor from the upper Mid-Atlantic into New England. In south Jefferson County, National Grid reported 83 customers in the town of Worth lost power at 3:38 p.m., and 13 customers in the hamlet of Smithville, town of Adams, lost power at about 2:30 p.m. That system has interacted with high pressure systems coming from the north and east, causing strong winds. “The high pressure system is descending and the low pressure is going up, and it’s like having a steep hill in between a mountain and a valley,” Mr.

To be prepared for emergencies, the utility recommends people make sure they have multiple working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries. ■ People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 800-642-4272. ■ If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors.

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