US Northeast still facing flooding, outages after killer storm

Monday, 05 Mar, 2018

The storm could take a chunk out of Jersey shore beaches that are still being repaired following damage from previous storms. "This is a LIFE & DEATH situation for those living along the coast, especially those ocean-exposed shorelines". Some forecasters predict a sudden pressure plummet Friday evening off the Atlantic coast.

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. That flooding was helped by the tides brought by a nearly-full moon, adding an additional couple of feet to the water line at high tide.

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

Residents from Boston to Rhode island were expected to receive 2 to 5 inches of snow. Those areas could see 1 to 2 feet of flooding.

High tides are expected in Boston on Friday and Saturday, along with wind gusts as strong as 65 miles per hour, Mayor Marty Walsh said.

In New Jersey, officials anxious that the storm could take a chunk out of beaches just south of Atlantic City that are still being repaired because of damage from previous storms. "This storm is going to be worse because it's going over three high tides", she said.

"We've been doing evacuations all through the night and today", he said.

Baker urged residents to stay away from flooded areas.

The NWS issued a high wind warning for Friday night, predicting that strong winds would cause widespread damage and power outages.

The snow and brutal winds made flying a nightmare as some parts of NY racked up as much as two feet of snow.

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

For most other people, the storm was a blustery inconvenience, dropping large amounts of rain and snow.

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

In its 10:25 p.m. update, the Weather Channel reported "damaging winds" from western NY to the mountains of North Carolina.

On the ground, highways across the Northeast were clogged with tractor trailers and buses, which were prohibited from crossing some of the region's massive bridges due to the treacherous winds.

Record-setting high tides might strike Boston Harbour on Saturday morning.

"We've been here a long time and we've never seen it as bad as this", said Alex Barmashi, as he took in the fearsome spectacle along Cape Cod Bay in Bourne, Massachusetts.

The storm's impact waned in the southern part of the coast, but forecasted wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour still prompted building closures and delays in some areas.

In the Washington area, federal offices didn't open Friday, schools closed and trash collection was suspended.

Strong winds will affect several states, from SC to Maine.

More than 3,000 domestic and global flights were cancelled on Friday and more than 2,400 others were delayed, according to the website FlightAware.

Boston Logan International, Philadelphia International and John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in NY saw the most cancellations.

Baker said the National Guard was deployed to numerous municipalities throughout eastern MA to help with rescue and evacuation efforts.

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Saturday for "what is anticipated to be a prolonged recovery effort".

The resort used explosives and other tools to knock down snow to prevent avalanches throughout the day but the snowfall was heavy, she said.