Tropical Storm Philippe

Clare McNamara, Contributor

On Monday, October 30th, a massive tropical storm passed through the Northeastern states. Millions were left without power, resulting in delayed public transportation and closed schools. Over 60 million people have been impacted by the damage of tropical storm Philippe, some students at Nashoba are losing power as of Monday afternoon as result to fallen power lines.

Up to 313,875 people in Massachusetts, 356,806 people in Maine, and 131,000 people in Connecticut lost power as a result of the storm. Especially in Maine, the power outage could last for multiple days because of the widespread loss throughout the state. In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, there were dozens of closed schools on Monday as a result of lost power and blocked roads.

Late Sunday night and early Monday morning rain was threatening flash floods. Areas of New York and Connecticut reported 3 to 5 inches of rain. Winds were extreme in many states in New England, included New Hampshire and Massachusetts, hitting up to 131 mph on Mt. Washington and 70 on Nantucket Island.

The main issues the storm has presented have been transportation on this weekday. Logan Airport and LaGuardia Airport delayed dozens of flights, commuter trains were delayed due to flooding and wind speed, and railroads in Boston, Long Island, and New Haven were suspended Monday morning as well.

Storm Philippe is moving north towards Canada in the upcoming days. The warm weather and heavy rain from this past weekend is because of the storm, which carried north from the Caribbean island of Cuba. The weather will be colder in the upcoming days as the storm moves towards Canada, and the temperature returns to normal autumn weather.

Fortunately, no one has been seriously harmed as a result of Philippe. The storm brought a rush of warm air, and destroyed trees, power lines, and some homes across the region. As the storm moves towards the American-Canadian border, a cold rush will follow towards the Northeast, bringing temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s.