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A strengthening low pressure system moving from Ohio to Lake Ontario drew anomalous warmth and moisture northward on Halloween, with temperatures surging into the 60s and 70s over eastern New York and western New England. Showers across the southern Adirondacks and Mohawk Valley became steadier and heavier during the evening ahead of a strong cold front as the low continued to strengthen. Strong winds aloft mixed down to the surface as an intense line of showers developed along the front, resulting in sporadic wind damage over eastern New York and western New England. A large swath of rainfall totaling 2-5 inches occurred over the Mohawk Valley and southern Adirondacks, resulting in reports of flash flooding. The runoff caused rapid rises on area creeks and streams, with four river gauges reaching record levels. The flooding was extensive over portions of the area, damaging numerous roads and structures and resulting in water rescues. There was one fatality as a result of the flooding.

Behind the cold front, strong gusty westerly winds developed and persisted into the afternoon November 1st. The winds gusted as high as 63 mph, resulting in numerous reports of downed trees and thousands of power outages.

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