Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Winter storm pounds USA east coast

Winter storm pounds USA east coast

Nearly 1.7 million homes and businesses were without power in the Northeast and Midwest Friday.

As the high tide advances, authorities are warning coastal residents to be ready to evacuate.

On Twitter on Thursday, NWS Boston warned: "Take this storm seriously!"

"Travel is risky", the weather service said, adding that motorists need to "be aware of rapidly changing road conditions" while pedestrians could face "very hazardous conditions". Some forecasters predict a sudden pressure plummet Friday evening off the Atlantic coast.

Trains already en route between the USA capital, New York, and Boston would continue to their destinations and hold, it announced.

A storm surge will add two to three feet to the midday high tide, prompting coastal police departments to warn residents about restricted travel. Parts of eastern Long Island and eastern MA could get up to 5 inches of rain through Saturday. Localized areas in the state may receive up to five inches of rain as well.

"Mostly minor and some moderate flooding is expected in southern New England and NY on Friday and Saturday", the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service says that flood warnings will remain in effect in MA until Sunday morning, when the storm is expected to move on.

"I encourage all residents to be mindful of the storm and encourage employers to take the weather into consideration, which will mostly impact the coastal areas of our city", Walsh said.

In other pockets, the storm dropped large amounts of precipitation, including heavy snowfall, or its winds pushed in seawater during high tides, inundating bayside neighborhoods.

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.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged businesses in flood-prone areas to allow employees to work from home.

As a result, this causes the depression within the storm to rise very quickly and increase its rotation, further deepening the pressure and making the storm even more powerful.

Private forecasting service AccuWeather said the storm dumped as much as 18 inches (46 cm) of snow on parts of NY state and Pennsylvania. Sussex County, New Jersey, has already seen 10 inches of snow. The biggest threats there are hurricane-force wind gusts and flooding, Jones said.

Flights were suspended at LaGuardia on Friday afternoon, according to The New York Times.

In Boston, high wind warnings are in effect from Friday to Saturday morning, when winds could whip up to 65 miles per hour. "It's been a rough several days, I know, for a lot of folks", he said in one video update.

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 federal capital Washington and surrounding suburbs, public schools were closed because of the storm, which some dubbed online as "Windmaggedon".

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

Airlines, including Delta, United and Southwest, are offering fee waivers for flight cancellations or changes involving affected airports.

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

"Doctors say we have to let him go", she told CNN affiliate WRIC.

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

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