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“Bomb Cyclone” hits East Coast

According to the National forecast for Tuesday, October 17, a rapidly intensifying “bomb cyclone” slams Northeast with torrential rain and gusty winds. This wind as strong as those of a tropical storm is pummeling New England and promises to disrupt travel in the Northeast through the end of the workweek. The National Weather Services’ Weather Prediction Center said on Wednesday that the storm will continue to bring heavy rainfall and gusty wind within these days.

The Thursday forecast wind gusts. Photo from CNN.

On Tuesday, wind gusts of 40 mmph would be expected to punish New York City, Boston, and Portland. On Thursday, Provincetown, on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, already has been lashed with winds of 90 mph on Thursday. and Massachusetts’ emergency management agency said that over 225.000 households and businesses in Massachusetts had no electricity on Thursday morning, trees were crushed down by powerful wind gusts. Moreover, according to the, more than 550,000 customers form New York to Maine were without electricity. Besides, Boston Logan recorded gusts of 70 mph on Thursday. According to the data given by, at least 50 flights have been canceled on Thursday at Boston Logan International Airports. Boston 25 reported that numerous schools were closed throughout the Boston area. And due to a great number of downed wires and trees, the commuter rail riders should expect “severe delays”.

The Massachusetts State Police tweeted that it responded to numerous reports of trees and utility wires down and some cases in which roads were blocked.


What is “Bomb Cyclone”?

“Bomb cyclones” refers to wicked winter storms that can rival the strength of hurricanes. The ‘bomb’ part of the name refers to the phenomenon when the pressure inside a storm cell falls so quickly that it gives the storm explosive strength. Technically, the term bomb cyclone comes from the scientific term “bombogenesis,” which is a storm that drops 24 millibars of pressure over 24 hours. Bomb cyclones tend to happen more in the winter months and can carry hurricane-force winds and cause coastal flooding and heavy snow.


The post volume and influencers of Bomb Cyclone. Photos from Adam Brown Social Media Command Center Social Media Studio.

The total volume post was 3.9k with 88.5% of posts from Twitter. The top 3 influencers of this topic are CNN, CNN Breaking News, and Gizmodo. According to the data, the most used words of this event were “cyclone”, “ bomb”, “power”, “storm winds”, and “ power”. Due to natural disasters, a review of sentiment towards ” Bomb Cyclone” in Social Studio indicates that nearly half of the media mentions are negative.

The sentiment of this topic. Photo from Adam Brown Social Media Command Center Social Media Studio.