Thursday, 26 April, 2018

ME coast braces for flooding as high tide and powerful storm converge

ME coast braces for flooding as high tide and powerful storm converge ME coast braces for flooding as high tide and powerful storm converge
Nellie Chapman | 04 March, 2018, 06:00

More than 3,000 flights to and from the United States were canceled Friday, a flight tracking website reported, as a fierce winter storm battered the country's north-east.

Amtrak had to cancel train service along the Northeast Corridor Friday night, though service between Boston and NY was resumed Saturday morning.

With high winds, regular flooding, and tidal flooding expected for an extended period of time, coastal communities are bracing for the worst, and some were being urged to evacuate ahead of Friday's high tide.

Firefighters in Quincy and Duxbury rescued drivers from stranded cars.

"This could be another storm with prolonged onshore flooding", said Paul Walker, a meteorologist with Accuweather, a private forecasting service.

A major winter storm pounded the US East Coast on Friday, whipping up strong winds and dumping heavy rain and snow, forcing the cancellation or delay of thousands of flights and the closure of federal government offices in Washington.

Snow and rain are forecast to taper off through Friday night and into Saturday as skies clear, Hayes said, adding that winds are also expected to drop somewhat overnight and into Saturday as the offshore storm system recedes.

Water inundated parts of the MA coastline during the first high-tide cycle late Friday morning.

With the winds and most of the precipitation abating, Saturday's noontime tide may be the last vestige of this storm. Heavy snow also fell on areas including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, reported ABC. This could cause some flooding on streets.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Saturday, joining governors in Maryland and Virginia who had earlier made the declarations, which allow states to deploy federal resources and request aid from other states.

High winds are causing power outages, school and work closures and traffic problems across Virginia.

Also, heavy snow fell in OH and upstate NY as the storm spun eastward.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a travel advisory for all areas north of New York City, requesting limited travel due to unsafe driving conditions.

A high tide that occurred late Friday morning came up a little short, reaching 14.67 feet, but still sent water sloshing through the streets of East Boston.

It forecast storm surges of up to 4' (1.2m) for eastern MA. MA emergency officials said tides "will be astronomically high " in the next few days.

The commuter system Metro-North said service in parts of CT and Long Island, New York, remain suspended Saturday due to fallen utility poles and trees.

Flooded roads were also reported on Long Island, New York, and in CT. Wind gusts of more than 90 miles per hour downed trees and power lines a day earlier.

A tree crashed through a house in New York's Putnam County shortly after noon Friday. There was one more storm-related death, according to officials.

This system is anticipated to head east into the northern plains of the U.S. and intensify, spreading heavy snow into Saskatchewan and Manitoba later on Sunday and continue through Monday into Tuesday.