Bomb Cyclone Puts Half a Million Without Power

Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

A bomb cyclone with winds up to eighty-eight miles per hour, as strong as a tropical storm, has ravaged the northeast seaboard, leaving around half a million people without electricity and ruining travel plans. More than 550,000 customers from New York to Maine are without electricity, according to Alongside that, at least fifty flights at Boston Logan International Airport on Thursday, October 17th. 

Bomb cyclone is a term given to a rapidly strengthening storm that fulfills one important criterion. Generally, pressure must drop 24 millibars (a unit of pressure) within 24 hours, but that parameter is also subject to change based on what latitude the storm forms at. 

The storm is expected to continue to affect the New England area until the end of the workweek. According to CNN, “Provincetown, on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, already has been lashed with winds of 90 mph. Boston Logan recorded gusts of 70 mph overnight into Thursday, and gusts atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire were clocked at 125 mph.” 

A wind advisory has also been issued, blanketing about sixty-five million people in fourteen states, reaching from the Appalachians to Maine.