Powerful coastal storm known as a 'bomb cyclone' will blast the Northeast from New York to Maine

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Nor'easter to hit northeastern USA powerful coastal storm will unleash soaking rain and howling winds through Thursday from the mid-Atlantic to New England.

The strong winds – potentially gusting up to 60 mph – may cause some tree damage and power outages, the National Weather Service said. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall in this storm, especially from eastern New York to southern Maine, where flash flooding is possible.

The latest forecast shows the storm will strengthen at a fast enough pace from Wednesday to Thursday to be classified as a "bomb cyclone," AccuWeather said. The barometric pressure has to fall at least 24 millibars, or 0.71 inches, in 24 hours for the bomb cyclone criteria to be met, in a process known as bombogenesis.

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