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Weekly Wrap Up: Storms Blast Northeast, Northwest

Earlier this week, a strengthening nor'easter battered New England, causing widespread damage across the region while storms continued to drench and blast the coastal Northwest.

Tens of thousands of customers were without power across Connecticut, New York, Maine and Massachusetts after storms moved through the area Wednesday. At one point, 44,000 customers throughout the region were without power.

Strong winds sent trees crashing down, which blocked roadways across Massachusetts, according to local fire departments and trained National Weather Service spotters. Winds gusted close to 60 mph at Blue Hill Observatory.

LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia International Airport experienced over 500 flight delays each as the storm created hazardous conditions. Boston's Logan International Airport and New York's JFK International Airport both suffered extensive delays as well.

Some flooding was reported in New Jersey and Massachusetts, closing area roadways. The storm also produced 15-foot seas along the coast of eastern New England.

In the Northwest, an EF-1 tornado with winds between 86 and 110 mph touched down Thursday afternoon in Longview, Washington, the National Weather Service reported. It caused damage to industrial buildings, homes, trees and power lines during its 1.3-mile path.

The storms will continue to drench the area into next week and will be joined by Ana.

The rounds of heavy rain will be enough to cause incidents of flash flooding, mudslides and travel delays from northern California to western Oregon, western Washington and southwestern British Columbia.

This week also featured a few astronomical events including the peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower and a partial solar eclipse.

A new moon allowed the perfect background for the dynamic peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower from Tuesday, Oct. 21 into the morning of Oct. 22.

Between midnight and dawn, as many as 25 meteors could be seen per hour, or one every two to three minutes.

On Thursday, as the sun set beneath the horizon, the moon partially eclipsed the fiery star and cast a narrow shadow upon the Earth.

While most of the United States had the potential to see the event because of available sunlight, weather was an inhibiting factor for many locations.

Several AccuWeather.com Meteorologists and Staff Writers contributed content to this article