PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A coastal storm with strong winds and driving rain has knocked out power to thousands in the Northeast, only to be followed hours later by sunny skies and record warmth.
Utility officials reported sporadic power outages from Maine to New Jersey on Thursday. In Maine, winds gusted up to 49 mph in Brunswick. A 61 mph gust was recorded off the coast of New Hampshire.
But the rain and wind quickly gave way to sunny skies and unseasonably high temperatures. By 10 a.m., Concord, N.H., had hit a record 62 degrees. It was 61 - another record - and climbing in Portland. And in Boston, the temperature hit 67 degrees, breaking the old record of 65 set in 1932.
Tom Hawley from the National Weather Service in Maine says the cooldown will be nearly as swift, with seasonably cooler weather expected by the weekend.