'Bomb Cyclone' Storm Leaves More Than 600,000 Americans Without Power

Tarrah Gibbons
October 17, 2019 - 11:36 am

More than 60 million people are in the path of a dangerous nor’easter.

Gale-forced winds downed trees and utility lines and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses as the "bomb cyclone" hammered its way through New England and parts of New York early Thursday, according to USA Today.

Meteorologists and forecasters all across the country predicted it would hit late Wednesday into Thursday.

A "bomb cyclone" is a storm that strengthens very rapidly, earning its title when pressure drops 24 millibars within 24 hours. The term "bomb" is used because of the explosive power these storms exhibit from quick drops in pressure.

According to CNN, last night's storm broke dropped 24 millibars in 14 hours, and 35 millibars in 24 hours. The storm broke low-pressure records for the month of October in Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; Hartford, Connecticut; and Portland.

CBS News reported that about 8.5 million were expected to get the worst of it and deal with powerful wind gusts and torrential rain. The National Weather Service reported there could be flooding and rough waters in the northeast and New England through Thursday.

Here are some of the biggest nor’easters of all time: