The storm – which may reach as far south as Georgia – could knock out power, flood neighborhoods, and damage homes up and down the coast. The Rochester area was closing in on a foot of snow.
High wind warnings, coastal flood advisories and winter weather advisories were in effect in New England beginning on Friday morning. More record-setting high tides might strike Boston Harbor on Saturday morning.
“I’ve never seen anything like that”, the 50- year-old resident said. High waves battered nearby Scituate, making roads impassable and turning parking lots into small ponds.
Schwartz said residents in coastal communities should be prepared for a “prolonged” power outage and restoration work may be unable to start until Sunday morning. More than 2 million homes and businesses remained without power Saturday.
“Please move your cars so they don’t end up under water!”, police said on the department’s Facebook page.
In its 10:25 p.m. update, the Weather Channel reported “damaging winds” from western NY to the mountains of North Carolina. The biggest threats there are hurricane-force wind gusts and flooding, Jones said.
A tree crashed through a house in New York’s Putnam County shortly after noon Friday.
At least five people, including two children, have been killed in the ongoing windstorm plaguing the US East Coast.
A 6-year-old Virginia boy and adults in Virginia, Rhode Island and Maryland also died Friday due to fallen trees or tree limbs.
The three other fatalities comprised a 77-year-old woman in Baltimore, a man in his 70s in Rhode Island and a 44-year-old man in Virginia, all struck by wind-felled trees.
New York, the most populous U.S. city and home to 8.5 million people, was expected to avoid heavy snow but was forecast to receive 6cm of rain and wet snow with wind gusts of up to 96kph.
A 3-foot storm surge is coming into the city on top of approximately 11-foot tides, with two high tides Friday and one on Saturday. “But it’s still going to be a windy day”.
“We can not stress enough: this storm is shaping up to be more severe than the storm on 1/4”, he said in a tweet.
Cranston Highway Supt. John Corso said the city seemed to have been spared any serious street flooding on Friday. Amtrak said it cancelled more than a dozen trains and modified its schedule in the Northeast on Saturday. Almost half of all scheduled flights at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport were cancelled on Saturday, the airport said.
There’s likely going to be delays and cancellations at Logan Airport in Boston, because wind gusts at the predicted speeds will make it impossible for planes to take off and land safely.
Rail systems weren’t faring much better. The West coast is getting hit too.Tens of thousands of people in Southern California have evacuated, getting out ahead of a storm that’s feared to be bringing flash flooding and possible mudslides.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he has called in the National Guard and urged vigilance. “This person needed to be rescued from their vehicle”. “It looks like a war zone”, she said.
Charlanne Nosal and her daughter Abby huddled on the beach in Avalon as a biting wind whipped sand around them. The mother and daughter, who were in town for a cheerleading competition, told The Philadelphia Inquirer the storm may have put a damper on their trip, but not their spirits.