At least 4 dead in wind-driven storm battering East Coast

  • At least 4 dead in wind-driven storm battering East Coast

At least 4 dead in wind-driven storm battering East Coast

A major Nor'easter slammed the East Coast Friday from Georgia to ME, bringing heavy rain, severe flooding, snow and the threat of hurricane-force winds in some coastal areas.

As of 6 a.m., there were already about 1,520 flight cancellations in the Northeast, according to FlightAware.

The problems carried over into Saturday, with hundreds of flights canceled into and out of NY and Boston, according to the website.

In Washington and Baltimore, wind gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour are expected. The biggest threats there are hurricane-force wind gusts and flooding, Jones said.

For the high tide on Friday night, the NWS is forecasting a higher water level than this morning, but one that may fall short of the all-time record, beating the old record set just two months ago. Almost 141,000 customers there were without power Friday morning. Trump flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend the funeral of the Rev. Billy Graham. "Across central and southern NY, one to three feet of snow fell very quickly from this storm", Burke said.

Ground transportation has also been affected, with Amtrak announcing that all services along the northeast corridor have been suspended for safety reasons.

In New Jersey, a tree hit overhead wires, forcing the suspension of some New Jersey Transit commuter service.

The storm - which may reach as far south as Georgia - could knock out power, flood neighborhoods, and damage homes up and down the coast.

Approximately 328,000 people were still without power in MA, according to the state's Emergency Management Agency, after initial reports of 450,000 without electricity.

Winds caused power outages throughout the area with numerous school closings reported east of the city. Smithsonian museums also shut their doors.

High winds gusting up to 60mph (97kph) could also bring extensive power outages.

In the Western New York town of Hornell, 30-year-old Anna Stewart was milking the 130 cows of her dairy farm in a barn powered by a generator hooked up to a tractor.

People who lost power won't get it back quickly. It will bring more rain to the California coast and more snow from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the northern Rockies. "It's taken down a lot of lines", Stewart said.

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

"We still have a very long way to go with this storm", Baker said during a press conference from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) bunker in Framingham. High waves battered nearby Scituate, making roads impassable and turning parking lots into small ponds.

Floodwaters in Quincy, Massachusetts, submerged cars, and police rescued people trapped in their vehicles.

Boston: Ocean-facing homes on the U.S. east coast could be destroyed by storm surge and waves, as north-eastern states feel the brunt of a powerful storm that has threatened to flood coasts from ME to Virginia, officials have warned.

Although highs are expected to reach 40 degrees, wind chills will make the city feel much colder. Officials said the lingering wind gusts - up to 40 mph (64 kph) in some areas - were slowing power fix efforts by tens of thousands of utility workers even through the main thrust of the storm had moved some 350 miles (560 kilometers) southeast of Cape Cod that morning.

The highest wind gust was 134 km per hour in both East Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Little Compton, Rhode Island.