Halloween Storm Knocks Out Power for Hundreds of Thousands in New England

Trees toppled and utility poles were down as winds of up to 55 mph blew through New England on Halloween

More than 300,000 customers across New England were without power Friday morning after harsh wind gusts battered the region overnight.

Trees toppled and utility poles were down as winds of up to 55 mph blew through New England on Halloween. In Massachusetts alone, more than 37,000 customers woke up to no power Friday. In New Hampshire, that number was at about 16,000.

More than 120,000 customers in Maine were without power Friday morning, along with 80,000 in Connecticut, 35,000 in Rhode Island and 20,000 in Vermont.

Many schools across Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine delayed or canceled classes on Friday due to the lack of power. Massachusetts had only a handful of delays.

A flood warning remains in effect for much of northern Vermont through mid-day Friday due to flooding that has closed some roads.

As of Friday morning, the Missisquoi and Lamoille Rivers were both already at major flood stage. The Winooski River, currently in moderate flood, is also expected to reach major flood stage by the end of the day. That’s resulted in many road closures.

The quick river rise comes after some communities in Northern Vermont picked up more than 4 inches of rain overnight.

The river levels will continue to drop this weekend as sunshine returns.

Police in Westborough, Massachusetts, warned residents that multiple trees were down. An unlucky homeowner in Springfield had a tree fall on top of their house, according to the fire department.

Duxbury firefighters captured video of wires sparking early Friday. They warned residents to call 911 to report any downed or sparking wires.

Service on the MBTA Green Line D Branch was disrupted after a tree fell near Chestnut Hill, according to the agency.

On Thursday, dozens communities postponed trick-or-treat activities due to the weather. 

The disturbance was heading east and out to sea on Friday.

Although our NBC10 Boston and necn meteorologists estimate a brighter day than before, they caution that some areas may still get gusts past 40 mph.

No injuries were immediately reported in connection to the storm damage.

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