Nor’easter Update: Atlantic Coast Hammered, 5 People Killed by Falling Trees
A Nor’easter pounded the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and sideways rain and snow Friday, flooding streets, grounding flights, stopping trains and leaving 1.6-M customers without power from North Carolina to Maine.
At least five people were killed by falling trees
The storm submerged cars and toppled tractor-trailers, sent waves higher than a two-story house crashing into the Massachusetts coast, forced schools and businesses to close early and caused a rough ride for passengers aboard a flight that landed at Dulles Airport outside Washington.
The Eastern Seaboard was hammered by gusts exceeding 50 mph, with winds of 80 to 90 mph on Cape Cod. Ohio and upstate New York got a foot or more of snow. Boston and Rhode Island were expected to get 2 to 5 inches.
The storm killed at least five people, including a 77-year-old woman struck by a branch outside her home near Baltimore. Fallen trees also killed a man and a 6-year-old boy in different parts of Virginia, an 11-year-old boy in New York state and a man in Newport, Rhode Island.
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The Nor’easter forced the US Government to close its offices Friday as the powerful storm began to batter the East Coast.
A forecast of flooding rains and high winds reaching gusts of up to 70 mph was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), prompting the government closure.
The monster storm also shuttered several school districts in the Washington, DC area
The NWS issued a high wind warning for Friday night, predicting that strong winds would cause widespread damage and power outages.
“Travel is dangerous,” the weather service said, adding that motorists need to “be aware of rapidly changing road conditions” while pedestrians could face “very hazardous conditions.”
Friday could very well shape up to be the windiest day witnessed by DC since Superstorm Sandy swept through the region inY 2012.
“This will be a prolonged, high-impact windstorm for the region, with many downed trees and power lines expected,” the NWS said.
The weather service added that winds could continue through the weekend.
“In addition to the magnitude of the high wind gusts, the duration of the winds will add to the hazardous nature of this event, as winds will continue through the weekend before diminishing below 30 mph Sunday afternoon.”
This, according to NWS, will hamper the repair of power lines and tree removal.
Have a save weekend if you are in the storm’s region.
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