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FIRST ALERT: Storms Slam Southern New England, Knock Out Power

More than 55,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts as of about 1:30 a.m.

A powerful storm is bringing a slug of torrential rain and powerful winds to New England overnight, knocking out power to thousands with the possibility of flash flooding.

Some flooding was seen by the river in New London early Thursday, and there were reports of downed trees and road closures being received after midnight in Connecticut and southern Massachusetts.

A line of thunderstorms was racing from Long Island, New York, to Cape Cod and the islands. It prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern New London County in southern Connecticut and may bring up to 70 mph gusts on the Cape when it hits.

Heavy rain began to fall at night, strong east-southeast winds gusting 50-60 mph along the coastline. Inland, expect gusts 30-50 mph.

More than 55,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts as of about 1:30 a.m., according to the state Emergency Management Agency map.

By the Thursday morning commute, the heaviest rain will be falling in northern New England, with some breaks of sun already in southern New England.

During the day, winds will snap to the west on the backside of the storm, gusting to 40 mph in many spots. Airport delays will be likely because of the continued breezy conditions.

Occasional showers will pivot through as well, especially along and north of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

When its all said and done, most spots will see 1-2 inches of rain, with some amounts closer to 3 or 4 inches in western New England.

By Thursday night and early Friday, enough cold air will wrap in to flip things over to a wintry mix or snow in the highest terrain of far Northern New England, like the Green Mountains.

Friday brings a return of sunshine to New England with highs in the 50s.

The weekend looks great, with lots of sun and temperatures climbing back into the 60s.

Early next week we top out near 70 before a front comes in with another batch of rain.

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