Saturday, 20 October, 2018

1.7 million with power as storm hits US east coast

Northeastern student Sam Isaac hung around at the end of Long Wharf as high tide flowed over the pier Thursday Pat Greenhouse Globe Staff Northeastern student Sam Isaac hung around at the end of Long Wharf as high tide flowed over the pier Thursday
Melinda Barton | 04 March, 2018, 02:24

The weather system dumped more than 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow on some areas of upstate NY and northeast Pennsylvania, private forecasting service AccuWeather said.

While much of northern California is under a winter weather advisory, forecasters say the area will likely have near-zero visibility as 100 miles per hour winds wreak havoc - Cali's Mammoth Mountain has already accumulated 48 inches of snow.

What started as a strong nor'easter has morphed into the second "bomb cyclone" to hit the Northeast in 2018 - and photos and videos of the extreme flooding and high winds leave little to the imagination.

"The winds are going to keep on increasing and the seas are going to go higher and higher for the next three high tide cycles", said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts.

"It looks like a war zone", she said, describing the scene in the coastal town near Boston where powerful waves dumped sand and rubble on roads and winds uprooted massive trees.

Moderate coastal flooding is likely at high tide - around midday Friday - along the shoreline and again about midnight, he said.

Over 600,000 customers are without power from MA to Virginia.

Floods pound Boston and New York City.

"It's a rare occurrence that we ask folks to evacuate, but we're sending police and fire literally door to door in these places", Walker said.

In Hull, officials were urging residents in flood-prone areas who choose not to evacuate to stock up on enough food and supplies to get them through 36 to 72 hours. He said the strength of the storm surge also means floodwaters may not recede after this morning's high tide and could continue battering homes through the evening, leaving people who stay behind stranded.

Officials warned that flooding today could be worse that that seen on January 9, when storm waters reached coastal areas that hadn't flooded in decades. Shaffer lost her appliances in the last storm and expected another pounding. Portions of NY also saw more than a foot of snow Thursday night. Strong winds are expected remain through the weekend, with some cancellations already being reported for Saturday.

"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", Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.

Residents were taking matters into their own hands. They include: a 77-year-old woman in Kingsville, Maryland; an 11-year-old boy in Putnam County, New York; a 44-year-old man in James City County, Virginia; a 6-year-old in Chesterfield County, Virginia; and a Newport, Rhode Island, man in his 70s. Some areas around Buffalo in western NY have reported 17 inches already, and locations in upstate NY could approach 2 feet.

That said, the majority of us are just going to experience a very windy and very wet nor'easter with a period of snow coming along with it.

The worst of the weather is supposed to taper off over Friday night into Saturday, weather officials said.