BOSTON (CBS) – More than 70,000 homes and businesses lost power early Wednesday morning as strong winds and heavy rain pushed through eastern Massachusetts.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the number of customers without electricity had dropped to about 2,600 as of 11:45 p.m.

A 72 mile per hour wind gust was recorded at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton and several other towns had gusts in the 30-to-50 mph range. Logan Airport had a gust of 56 miles per hour.

The Brockton school department said power outages across the city have prevented several students from being able to use their computers for remote learning.

Silver Lake Regional High School and the middle school in Kingston canceled remote learning for the day because there were so many power and internet outages.

The storm is expected to clear by the early afternoon.

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