Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Bomb cyclone nor'easter pummels East Coast with strong winds, rain

A tree came down during the storm in Maclean Virginia A tree came down during the storm in Maclean Virginia
| 05 March, 2018, 01:49

"Take this storm seriously!" The National Weather Service has warned that the storm is a "life and death situation" for those living on the coast.

"It really just refers to a strong low pressure system that intensifies very rapidly", said Patrick Burke, a lead forecaster with NOAA's Weather Prediction Center.

Major cities in the Northeast, such as Philadelphia and NY, may get a wintry mix of snow, rain and sleet, with no snow accumulation forecast.

Saturday morning's high tide will bring a 4-foot storm surge and an even higher tide of 14.9 feet around midnight.

The storm is moving slowly, and the wind, rain and flood effects will linger for days.

The winds also brought down power lines, leaving around 2 million people in the cold and dark Saturday, mainly in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland and Virginia, according to poweroutage.us.

The East Coast has been pummeled by extreme weather, with Winter Storm Riley leaving more than a foot of snow in the western and northern parts of NY.

Officials feared the high tide before midnight on Friday could set an all-time record, but it wasn't quite as bad as predicted.

Drag said that another storm is anticipated for next week, but that it's too early to determine its direction or whether it will develop into another massive storm. "Coastal New Jersey, Long Island, and coastal MA are at risk of moderate flooding", she continued.

At least five people have been killed in a ferocious storm that hammered the Northeast with powerful winds, relentless rain and historic flooding.

It also snarled transportation from the Middle Atlantic into New England, with more than a quarter of flights into and out of New York's three major airports and Boston's airport cancelled.


New Jersey officials say high winds may affect trees and power lines.

Some parts of NY racked up as much as two feet of snow.

Hurricane-force wind gusts and flooding pose the biggest dangers along the coast, Jones said.

A man walks through Times Square during a winter nor'easter in New York City, U.S., March 2, 2018. Please be aware that we will also experience unusual high tides during Friday (11 am and 11 pm ish)! "It's been a rough several days, I know, for a lot of folks", he said in one video update.

"In addition to the magnitude of the high wind gusts, the duration of the winds will add to the hazardous nature of this event, as winds will continue through the weekend before diminishing below 30 miles per hour Sunday afternoon".

In the federal capital Washington and surrounding suburbs, public schools were closed due a storm that some dubbed online as Windmaggedon.

Strong winds will affect states from SC to Maine.

The storm grounded 5,489 flights, both domestic and global, and scores more were delayed, according to FlightAware.com.

The storm left thousands stranded after more than a quarter of flights in and out of NY were cancelled.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he has called in the National Guard and urged vigilance. "We got a couple of sump pumps", said Shaffer, who evacuated to higher ground Thursday night.

The change from rain to wet snow during the evening commute could cause travel issues from Harrisburg to Allentown and Philadelphia. "I am asking for everyone to ... take the necessary precautions to prepare for conditions".

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