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Killer storm lashes USA, causes floods, flights grounded, outages

05 Mars 2018

A powerful storm that snapped trees, downed power lines and killed at least six people pushed out to sea, leaving a battered Northeast coast trying to dig out.

There were still 2,089,349 customers without power in states across the Northeast as of Saturday 10 a.m. ET. "This is a multi-day restoration event".

"As the saying goes, March is coming in like a lion, and we are preparing for heavy snow, rain, and flooding across NY this weekend", he said. A Bradley spokeswoman said early on Friday evening that 40 percent of the flights there were canceled as airlines adjusted their schedules in response to the storm. He said Saturday afternoon it would be 72 hours before power was fully restored.

With coastal flooding the primary concern, authorities are warning about the dangers of driving through standing water.

The storm is now going through bombogenesis and could bring harsher conditions to the region, according to The Weather Channel.

Heavy rains and damaging winds also led to the cancellation of more than 2600 USA flights.

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.

A winter storm in New England dumping heavy snow.

More than 3,000 domestic and global flights were cancelled and almost 2,500 others were delayed on Friday.

Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Friday as a hazardous winter storm killed at least five people and snarled air travel across the Northeast. No students were on board, and the driver's injuries were minor.

Among the victims was a 6-year-old boy who died early Friday morning when a tree fell onto his family's home while he was asleep in Chester, Virginia, according to ABC affiliate WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia. The boy was rushed to hospital, but his mother told the station his organs were failing. One of the people was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to a hospital for evaluation, she said.

In Tewksbury, Massachusetts, a driver escaped with non-life-threatening injuries after a tree fell on this vehicle, officials said.

"The house shook, and we heard a noise".

One of those downed trees came down on Puddin Lane in Mansfield and hit a auto that Hui Yao was driving to get to his 10:30 a.m. class at UConn.

A flood surge at extreme high tide sent seawater into Boston's coastal streets, the second time this year that the area had flooded.

Residents along the East Coast on Friday hunkered down as heavy rain and gusting winds began pummeling states from ME to Virginia. Boston Harbor has only seen a tide level of 15 feet on two other occasions in almost 100 years.

A combination of rising seas, higher than normal tides because of the full moon and the power of the storm itself could drive tides higher in Boston and the MA coast.

The worst of the storm is projected to be Friday from noon to midnight, when winds will be damaging and at their strongest.

Powerful winds and rain from Georgia to New England caused heavy flooding and flight cancellations Friday, but the forecast for Saturday showed a clearer outlook for the weekend.

"I've never seen anything like that", the 50- year-old resident said.

"It was pretty scary", said Alyssa Fitzgerald.

On Thursday, Baker activated the National Guard to assist with evacuation and rescue efforts.

Temperatures over the next couple of days will be mainly in the lower 40s, so for folks who lost power it will be chilly but we're not looking a unsafe conditions.

"Not like anything we've had before", Fitzgerald said. However, the WORST IS BEHIND US. Shaffer lost her appliances in the last storm and expected another pounding.

Killer storm lashes USA, causes floods, flights grounded, outages