Power outages caused by Storms in California and north-east

By Rek Hanibal Published on March 15, 2023
Power outages caused by Storms in California and north-east

California saw overflowing rivers and mudslides on Tuesday. Some 40 of the state's 58 counties have been in an emergency.

Up to three feet of snow has fallen in some parts of New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Storms on both coasts eased early on Wednesday, but the damage remains.

By late Wednesday morning, 189,492 customers in California were without power, according to Poweroutage.us, while another 165,249 customers across New Hampshire, Maine, New York and Massachusetts endured the same.

The storm that swept along the northeast brought mounds of snow, downed power lines and toppled trees - one of which nearly flattened a parked car in the Bronx - and had winds recorded over 40mph (64km/h). Hundreds of schools and businesses in the region were closed. 

New York state and multiple counties in New Jersey issued states of emergency that lasted into Wednesday morning. 

In Derry, New Hampshire, a child was struck and pinned down beneath a snow-covered tree knocked over by fierce winds, the Derry Fire Department said in a Facebook post. Through a mix of chainsaws and shovels, "16 firefighters and three police officers worked for 19 minutes to free the child from underneath the tree", the department said. The child was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Rek Hanibal

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