Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Thousands of people lost power across the Northeast lost power Christmas morning due a storm that swept the region Thursday night and early Friday morning.
The storm began as cold and snow in the Midwest Wednesday and reached the East Coast late Thursday, with high winds and heavy rain disrupting power in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
"You had a little bit (or a lot) of everything with the storm: bitter cold, strong winds, severe thunderstorms, heavy snow, flooding rain," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda. "In terms of weather hazards, it really brought a full Christmas stocking."
PSEG, New York City's other major electricity provider, reported 3,000 outages on Long Island by midday and 158 by evening.
Wind gusts reached 71 mph in Greenwich, Conn., 76 mph in New York's Suffolk County and 67 mph in New York City. New England saw wind gusts reaching up to 65 mph, which knocked out power in thousands of homes.
Pennsylvanians were warned about flash flooding after the state received more than 3.5 inches of rain.
But others in the region woke up to a white Christmas, with heavy snow falling from Buffalo, N.Y., to Cleveland to some parts of North Carolina, with Cleveland receiving the most snow -- 9.4 inches.