'Bomb cyclone' slams Northeast, knocks out power to half a million customers

More than 500,000 power outages were reported across the Northeast on Thursday morning after a powerful storm hammered the region with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain.

The nor’easter hit the New York area on Wednesday night and barreled into New England, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees, crushing cars and flooding roads in multiple states.

The system strengthened into a “bomb cyclone,” a term used for storms that “rapidly or explosively intensifies” within a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Maine had the most power outages in the region, with 222,000 customers in the dark, followed by Massachusetts, with 220,000 outages, and Connecticut, with 40,000, according to PowerOutage.US.

Parts of New England saw wind gusts equivalent to those of a Category 1 hurricane. The highest figures were in Cape Cod, where wind gusts reached 90 mph, the Weather Service said.

“It’s a mess this morning. There are trees down everywhere,” police in Hamilton, Mass., wrote Thursday on Facebook.

The winds were so strong in Massachusetts that even an airplane that was sitting at a gate at Boston’s Logan International Airport was blown into the jet bridge on Thursday, Boston 25 News reported. No one was injured in the incident.

Dozens of school districts reported delays or closings because of the damage and power outages.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, rainfall totals topped 4 inches in parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the Weather Service said.

Strong winds were expected to continue though Thursday and a wind advisory was in effect for southern New England until 6 p.m.

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A woman struggles against wind and snow in upper Manhattan during a snowstorm in New York City, New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A nearly empty snow-covered roadway entrance to the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York is seen during a snowstorm in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A worker clears snow from the front of the New York Stock Exchange during a snowstorm in New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Da Thi Hoang and Searidang Pa wait at Logan International Airport, after successfully flying in from Los Angeles only to find their bus to Middlebury, Vermont was cancelled, during a winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Crews clear snow from around the gates at Logan International Airport during a winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A snow-covered statue of former U.S. president George Washington at Federal Hall on Wall Street is seen during a snowstorm in New York City, New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW HAVEN, CT - JANUARY 04: Ice flows through the New Haven Harbor on January 4, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut. The 'bomb cyclone' was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm system moved up the U.S. east coast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: Architect of the Capitol Mason Perry Curtis shovels snow in front of the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2018 in Washington, United States. A large winter storm system dropped less than an inch of snow in Washington and is covering the East Coast with high winds and frigid temperatures. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
NEW HAVEN, CT - JANUARY 04: A city worker digs out a bus from the snow on January 4, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut. The 'bomb cyclone' was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm system moved up the U.S. east coast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Dylan Zitto slides down a snow covered hill a day after snow fell in the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. From Maine to Florida every state along the east coast is expected to have to deal with winter weather. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: A light snow shrouds the Washington Monument on the National Mall January 4, 2018 in Washington, United States. A large winter storm system dropped less than an inch of snow in Washington and is covering the East Coast with high winds and frigid temperatures. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: Daniel Andujar, 47, uses a tennis racket to clean his truck of snow on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A 'bomb cycle' winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Ice and snow cover branches near the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
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Snow flurries fall near the American Falls, viewed from the Canadian side in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Snow covers cars along a street as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Ice forms on the water fountain in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Little snowmen are seen on a bench in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Ice forms on the water fountain in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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A plane sits on the tarmac at Ronald Reagan airport, near Washington, DC, before departure January 4, 2018. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / Eva Claire HAMBACH (Photo credit should read EVA CLAIRE HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker spreads salt on a sidewalk on January 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers shovel a sidewalk of snow and ice on January 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Commuters make their way through the snow in Downtown Brooklyn, on January 4, 2018 in New York City. As a major winter storm moves up the Northeast corridor, New York City is under a winter storm warning and forecasts are predicting six to eight inches of snow. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A car is seen covered in snow in Long Beach, New York, U.S. January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Workers remove snow during a snowstorm in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S. January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A United States Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier delivers mail during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian carries an umbrella while walking through the Boston Common during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians walk through the Boston Common iduring a snow storm n Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian walks during a snow storm in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man operates a snowplow on a sidewalk during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians walk past the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The George Washington Statue stands in the Boston Public Garden during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Commuters board the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Massachusetts Avenue train during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians clear the sidewalks outside of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Massachusetts Avenue station during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian walks through the Boston Common during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man clears shovels a walk way during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A woman walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
United States Postal Service (USPS) letter carriers deliver mail during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A man walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A man walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
A woman makes her way during a winter storm in New York on January 4, 2018. A giant winter 'bomb cyclone' walloped the US East Coast on Thursday with freezing cold and heavy snow, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and widespread school closures -- and even prompting the US Senate to cancel votes for the rest of the week. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A woman walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: Thom Meyers, 67, trudges with a cane through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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