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Nearly 500,000 outages reported as hurricane-force winds BATTER Massachusetts

More than 600,000 customers throughout New England were without power on Wednesday morning after a nor'easter pounded the region with hurricane-force winds. 

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported the widespread power outages Wednesday morning as areas along the coast experienced wind gusts of 80-90 miles per hour, with more and more power outages reported each hour.

At 4am, NBC  Boston reports, there were 135,229 power outages throughout the state, but by 6.30am, the number of outages more than tripled to 407,535.

A total of 493,730 customers in Massachusetts were without power by 9.30am, and another 133,000 customers were without power across the other five New England states as of 7.30am.

The National Weather Service in Boston, meanwhile, warned of a 'dangerous situation' near and southeast of I-95, tweeting Wednesday morning that winds were gusting over hurricane speeds across southeast Massachusetts, bringing down numerous trees. 

It warned: 'Travel is not recommended early this morning in southeast Massachusetts.'

The alert came just one day after the nor'easter caused widespread flooding across New York and New Jersey, where emergency service crews carried out dozens of rescues.

The storm is now moving off-shore, where it is expected to weaken.

A powerful nor'easter swept through New England on Tuesday night, leaving many downed trees in its wake

The storm delivered hurricane-force winds to the coastal communities of Massachusetts, causing a large tree to fall onto a pickup truck in Fairhaven on Wednesday morning

The Duxbury Fire Department tweeted that 94 percent of the town was without power on Wednesday morning

It said: 'It is reasonable to expect full restoration could take days' with the amount of damage the area received

Trees, many with leaves still on them, fell onto trucks and into houses in the town

Fallen trees also blocked roadways and caused traffic concerns

The National Weather Service warned residents not to travel on Wednesday morning, as trees blocked the roads and caused extensive damage to some cars 

The National Weather Service tweeted that winds were gusting over hurricane speeds across southeast Massachusetts

Most of the outages Wednesday morning, about 300,000, were reported in Barnstable and Plymouth counties, which cover Cape Cod and an area south of Boston, according to NBC News.

All schools on the Cape have been closed, according to the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee, and the town of Duxbury's Fire Department tweeted:  'We are seeing major damage across town.'

The department tweeted photos of downed trees wrecking cars, trucks and even some houses in the area.

It noted that 94 percent of the town in Plymouth county had no power as of Wednesday morning, and 'It is reasonable to expect full restoration could take days.'

'We are also assessing the need for a warming center,' the department tweeted, as temperatures are expected to remain in the low 50s on Thursday and Friday.

The department also warned that 'winds will continue to be very strong this afternoon' and 'coastal flooding is also a concern.' 

In Boston, meanwhile, downed trees disrupted parts of the Red Line and Mattapan Trolley service, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which deployed replacement shuttle buses throughout the area, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency warned people to 'avoid downed power lines, check on neighbors and use generators outside, away from buildings.'

The Massachusetts Steamship Authority, which runs ferries from the mainland to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, also said it was canceling all services until further notice, and warned people not to attempt to get to its terminals and stay off the 'extremely dangerous' roads. 

And the situation wasn't any better in the water - with a harbormaster in Plymouth saying some boats had broken free from their moorings overnight. 

Fisherman Adam Lurch was seen fishing from the rocks of Eastern Point along the Long Island Sound in Groton, Connecticut as the worst of the storm approached on Tuesday

Gillie Rezendes, of Artistic Autobody, pulls the fence that was blown onto Middle Street in Fairhaven, Massachusetts

A wave crashed into the retaining wall of a home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts on Tuesday

Sandbags were laid out to protect businesses along Holmes Street in the seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut 

In Connecticut, power lines came down on a school bus headed to Middletown High School on Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported. Six students were on the bus, which continued its route after emergency responders removed the power lines. 

About 15,000 homes and businesses in the state were without power Wednesday morning.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority also closed the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges due to wind gusts of 70 mph early Wednesday morning, then reopened them shortly after to most vehicles, but school buses were still not permitted to cross.