A nor’easter has slammed into the area with hurricane-force wind gusts; on Wednesday, Oct. 27, utility technicians attempted to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of New England homes and businesses, according to abc News.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency estimated that about 300,000 people were without power or internet connection on Thursday morning. In Rhode Island, further tens of thousands of power outages continue.

Utilities in southeast Massachusetts say it might be days before electricity is fully restored in some regions. Up to 75% of consumers were still without power by Thursday afternoon in certain areas.

Officials reported that the storm’s most significant wind gusts reached 94 mph (151 mph) in Martha’s Vineyard.

Some Massachusetts and Rhode Island schools were forced to suspend classes as cleanup efforts began and locals assessed the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Emergency responders in Fall River, Massachusetts, responded to complaints concerning moored boats and flooded basements, according to Fire Chief John Lynch.

Storms have blown roofs off apartment buildings throughout the country, including in Quincy, Massachusetts, where the hurricane forced the tenants of 12 apartments to seek shelter in a hotel. The Red Cross built a refuge for those without electricity in the adjacent town of Weymouth.

A tree limb fell on a car in Morris Township, New Jersey, killing one motorist and injuring another. A kayaker who went missing off the coast of Long Island on Tuesday was found dead by authorities in New York.

New York and New Jersey declared the state of emergency as heavy rains and hard winds are expected to hit the area further this week.

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