More than 100,000 customers without power in Northeast as damaging winds sweep through region

More than 100,000 homes and businesses in the Northeast were without power early Tuesday after a line of strong storms brought soaking rain and damaging winds to the region.

More than 65 million people from the mountains of North Carolina to Cape Cod, Massachusetts — including Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York — were under wind advisories overnight as forecasters warned gusts of up to 50 mph were possible, raising the risk of tree damage and dangerous road conditions. Gusts of 60 to 70 mph were reported in Pennsylvania and New York, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said, with 350 reports of damaging winds in the region late Sunday through Monday night.

Hail was also falling in some areas, though the severe conditions that spawned deadly tornadoes Saturday in Iowa have faded, Guy noted. About 50,000 customers in New York were without power early Tuesday morning, according to PowerOutage.us. Some 26,000 outages were reported in Pennsylvania, with more than 11,000 reported in New Jersey. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine also reported outages of more than 4,000 each.

“The rain with this system was quite heavy and saturated the ground.” Guy said. “Downed trees are expected with the strong winds, leading to power outages and travel delays.” As the storm system moves out of the region, colder temperatures will settle in, the National Weather Service said.