The rapid deterioration of the low-pressure system on the east coast of the United States led to what is known as a bomb cyclone or bombagenesis, with severe rains and flooding.
More than 600,000 homes and businesses in the northwestern United States, primarily in areas known as tri-state (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and New England (north of the East Coast), are still without power after the connection was lost at night due to the strong winds and heavy rains that hit the region.
The storm, whose wind direction was northeast along the coast, will continue to generate bad weather conditions with heavy rains until tonight. Flooding is expected in the New York and New England areas (where the central city is Boston) due to this system.
Forecasters confirmed that the storm had a period of very rapidly deteriorating conditions where the central pressure dropped to less than 0.71 inches of mercury in 24 hours. This phenomenon is known as bombagenesis, and it was recorded during the early morning.
According to the companies providing the service, more than 500,000 users were without electricity service in Massachusetts, 5,000 in Rohde Island, and more than 40,000 between New York, Connecticut, and Maine.
Although the worst is over, the recommendation remains to be cautious about weather conditions.
"Dangerous conditions in the morning hours. Hurricane-force winds over Massachusetts in the morning. Numerous trees felled and at least 400 thousand users without electricity service in this state alone. Therefore, it is not recommended to travel," they announced in a message through the social network Twitter from the national weather service offices.
At the posh Martha's Vineyard spa, winds reached 90 miles per hour. Southeast of Boston, peaks of 84 miles per hour were recorded. In New York, the winds are expected to be intense throughout the day.
"Hold on to your hats, especially if you are near the shore. The rain has slowed down, but the strong winds will continue. At the same time, the low-pressure system moves to the northeast", the national meteorological service also indicated through a tweet.
The positive is that this system took a couple of days to settle, giving the authorities time to be prepared. The governors of New York and New Jersey declared the emergency situation early. In some areas, it rained 5 inches, something that scared many in a community traumatized by Hurricane Ida a month ago that claimed 11 lives in New York City.
A very similar system that ended up generating two bomb cyclones hit the west coast of the United States last week, producing heavy rains, high winds, and landslides in California. As that system moved into the country, tornadoes were generated in the nation's center, with dangerous conditions in Missouri.