Severe weather sweeps tri-state, snarling commute; thousands without power

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NEW YORK — Severe weather pounded the Northeast region with powerful winds and drenching rains early Monday, leaving nearly 300,000 without power.

Eversource reported more than 155,000 Connecticut customers were without power around 6:30 a.m. Monday. National Grid also reported more than 141,000 customers were without power in New York state, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

About 22,000 customers were without electricity in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey as the powerful wind and pounding rain swept through and caused a number of delays for commuters.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Dellicarpini said there were reports of downed trees and power lines around the region and roads that were impassable in spots due to flash flooding.

LIRR train service is suspended in both directions between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma due to power lines on the tracks near Pinelawn downed by high winds. There is limited service operating west of Farmingdale. Bus service is not available. Customers are encouraged to use alternate branches, including Port Jefferson, Babylon and Montauk trains.

LIRR train service is suspended between Speonk and Montauk in both directions due to power lines and trees downed by high winds.

Newark Light Rail Service is temporarily suspended in both directions between Orange St. and Bloomfield Ave. due to flooding.

Periods of light rain are possible early this morning followed by partial clearing in the afternoon. There will be pockets of residual flooding over northern and western NJ as the runoff from yesterday’s heavy rains will cause rivers to get close to flood stage.

The Tri-State area received rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches in many locations with as much as 4 inches in portions of Long Island, Connecticut, and Westchester County of New York.

Philippe is not expected to become a hurricane but will produce average rainfall totals of 4-6 inches throughout the region, and up to 10 inches in isolated areas of the Northeast and New England, forecasters said.

Utility companies said that more than 159,000 customers in Connecticut, 144,000 customers in Rhode Island and 179,000 customers in New Hampshire were also affected by outages, as were tens of thousands of customers in each of the states of Maine, Vermont, New York and New Jersey.

Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and New York five years ago Sunday. The storm soaked the Bahamas, Cuba and South Florida over the weekend before moving up the coast.

"This is not going to be the equivalent of Sandy. We would hardly see that or expect anything like that, but we are expecting very some very gusty winds, heavy downpours, considerable power outages," said CNN meteorologist Karen Maginnis.

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