Thousands of homes lost power, trees uprooted and there was localized flooding Tuesday after violent storms swept through the Northeast.
The weather system was moving eastwards, having already dumped four feet of snow on the Plains, and bettered much of the region from Washington, D.C., north to Vermont.
Utility companies in New Jersey reported a total of 10,000 customers without power at one point Monday evening, according to NBC New York, although full power was quickly restored.
The Federal Aviation Administration also reported takeoff delays of about an hour at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports.
Sustained power outages also affected at least 80 communities in Vermont according to affiliate WPTZ, leaving around 8000 customers without power and delaying flights at Burlington International Airport.
However by 9:45 p.m., power had been restored to all but about 3,300 customers of Green Mountain Power, the state's largest supplier, the station reported.
Around 2000 people in the city of Plattsburgh Va. were also left without electricity after a transformer blew late Monday afternoon that station reported.
On its way north, the storm's torrential rain and winds gusting to 75 mph shut down after-school activities Prince George's County, Md., a suburb of Washington, and flung a massive tree branch onto the hood of a car on Capitol Hill, NBC Washington reported.
Strong gusts also snapped a 60-foot tree, knocking it over onto a home and through the roof of a home where neighbors say an 85-year-old woman lives.
"She said she was taking a nap, and it woke her up," a neighbor told NBC New York. "She felt lucky because nothing hit her. She just got hit in the leg, and that's it."
As the storm approached, users expressed their fears on social media.
"Black sky in New York. Scary," one user, Mindy Carstensen wrote.
By Tuesday morning the weather system had weakened and Weather.com lead meteorologist Juan Decardenas, was predicting “cool and clear” weather for the Northeast.
“There is some rain still on the border with Canada and the state of Maine but after that it will be clear and nice,” he said.
He added that the only area of concern was on the coast of the Carolinas where there could be some heavy rain.
“The storm that is brewing there is going to move to Virginia and on Thursday towards New York, but it won’t be severe.”
First published October 8 2013, 3:41 AM