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NE storm leaves homes in dark

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Strong winds and heavy rain pounded parts of the Northeast on Saturday, knocking out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses and stranding about 500 passengers on a New York-bound train for more than five hours.

The New Jersey Transit train became stuck on the tracks more than halfway through its trek from Trenton to New York City along the Northeast Corridor line, spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett said.

A diesel engine would pull the train to the Rahway station, where buses would meet the passengers and take them to Newark Penn Station, Hackett said.

It was the second time in two weeks that more than 500,000 homes and businesses in the Northeast were left in the dark in the wake of a powerful storm.

Outages stopped Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York on Saturday, while gusting winds downed trees and power lines throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The New York City area and southern New Jersey were among the hardest hit, with wind gusts of up to 70 mph recorded and widespread outages.

Flights at Newark Liberty International Airport were delayed by as many as four hours Saturday.