Strong winds lash US northeast

Damaging winds across the northeastern US are expected to reach 100km/h.
Camera IconDamaging winds across the northeastern US are expected to reach 100km/h.

Damaging winds are expected to thrash the Mid-Atlantic and New England region of the United States, potentially uprooting trees, felling power lines and triggering widespread outages.

Some 70 million people living in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Maine were under wind warnings on Monday with gusts expected to reach 100 kilometres an hour through Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said in a series of regional advisories winds could blow down trees and electrical lines and cause scattered or widespread power outages.

It also warned motorists driving high profile vehicles to use extra caution.

Coastal communities were warned strong gales could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

Several utility companies said on social media on Monday they were preparing for outages with additional crews on standby.

Some 3700 National Grid customers in upstate New York were without power on Monday, according to the power company.

Some spots across the region were also expecting a 1.3 cm of snow that could, along with the wind gusts, sharply reduce visibility for motorists.

Temperatures will also plummet as an arctic cold front moves through the region.

Wind chills were forecast to reach -37 dgrees in parts of Vermont, Maine and upstate New York.

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