Widespread high wind event to knock out power in Mid-Atlantic, Northeast with 70 mph gusts
At least 1.3 million already without electricity as storm eyes the Northeast, Great Lakes region. Rolanda Robinson calls family and friends from her brother’s damaged home in Monroe, La. after a tornado ripped through the town on Sunday, April 12, 2020. (Nicolas Galindo/The News-Star via AP) Andrew FreedmanEditor focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment. April 13 at 11:08 AM A violent and capricious storm system responsible for at least 19 fatalities across the South and Southeast is taking aim at the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Great Lakes, where it is whipping up unusually strong winds that could impact everything from the power grid to transportation as well as hospitals treating patients stricken with the coronavirus. As of Monday morning, at least two-dozen states were under high wind advisories or warnings, with the strongest winds expected in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and eastern Great Lakes regions as a storm intensifies and moves from Michigan toward Quebec. Gusts to hurricane force, or 74 miles per hour, are possible in some areas (though hurricanes are defined by having sustained winds of 74 mph or greater), though most places won’t see winds quite that intense. [Updates: Two inches of rain deluge D.C.