Damaging Winds Persist After Hurricane-Force Gusts in Some Areas

Damaging winds and flooding rains moved into southern New England overnight, bringing down trees and power lines across the region.

In Massachusetts, Route 9 in Natick was shut down due to flooding, and multiple cars were stranded in Worcester under 3 to 4 feet of water. Earlier Monday morning in Mashpee, hurricane-force winds of 82 mph were observed. About 20 minutes later, Marston’s Mills gusted to 75 mph. The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire says it recorded a 130 mph wind gust during the storm.

Damaging winds are expected to shift north into New Hampshire’s Seacoast and into coastal Maine later Monday. As of 5 a.m., just under 270,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts and about 160,000 customers were without power in New Hampshire.

Powerful winds are expected to return back to southern New England this afternoon as this powerful late-October cyclone draws in cooler and drier air behind it. As we progress into the second half of the day, strong winds and heavy rains will taper off as high pressure begins to nose its way across our area. At the coast, winds will remain gusty throughout the day.

Sunny skies return during the afternoon as the precipitation shield moves north as winds switch from the south-southeast to more westerly.

Temperatures will max out in the low 60s across the south and the mid to upper 50s across western and central areas as Fall air shifts back in across New England.

For the latest weather updates throughout the day, stay tuned to NBC Boston and necn.

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