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Strong winds leave thousands in southern New England in dark

February 25, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Powerful winds have knocked out power for tens of thousands of people across southern New England.

The National Weather Service wind gusts over 60 miles per hour were reported in parts of Massachusetts on Monday afternoon. Meteorologists say damaging winds are expected to last through at least sunset in Massachusetts as well as Rhode Island and Connecticut.

More than 61,200 Massachusetts customers were in the dark as of Monday afternoon. Eversource reported more than 18,800 outages in Connecticut. National Grid said more than 5,600 customers were without power across Rhode Island Monday afternoon.

Police across southern New England reported downed trees and power lines blocking streets.

Power issues caused some schools to dismiss early and briefly stopped Amtrak train traffic between Mystic and New Haven, Connecticut.