Winter storm kills five people, leaves millions without power in United States

Posted March 05, 2018

Along Boston's Long Wharf, near the Fanueil Hall tourist area, large piles of sandbags were in place around a subway station and a Marriott hotel, a spot that flooded with icy seawater during an early January storm. Others include an 11-year-old boy hit by a falling tree in NY state, a 57-year-old man in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, hit by a tree while in his vehicle and a 77-year-old woman struck by a branch outside her home in Baltimore.

Two men and a 77-year-old woman were also struck and killed by trees in separate incidents across the region. "What it means is very intense winds, like you saw across all of the East Coast".

Any snow that falls will be heavy and wet, likely to bring down trees and power lines, and cause power outages.

Forecasters say that the nor'easter could knock out power, damage or destroy homes, and flood neighborhoods up and down the coast.

In Massachusetts, the main concern was flooding.

The high water receded in the afternoon, but the National Weather Service said Boston could face renewed flooding with a near-record high tide forecast around midnight on Friday.

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Some flocked to hotels, like the Comfort Inn in Quincy, where general manager Homer Borromeo said they have been at full capacity since Friday. Baker said the National Guard was deployed to numerous municipalities throughout eastern MA to help with rescue and evacuation efforts.

Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch released periodic statements on YouTube, updating the city of about 93,000 residents on damage and rescue efforts. "It's taken down a lot of lines", Stewart said. Nearly 5,000 customers were without power. "We got a couple of sump pumps", said Shaffer, who evacuated Thursday night.

Koch also described a visit to an evacuation shelter Friday night and shared how one family described the storm.

The flooding in MA has prompted local emergency services to warn residents against attempting to drive through the waters.

Many others recounted too-close calls.

Meanwhile, local media said fallen trees also killed an 11-year-old boy in Putnam Valley, New York, and a man in his 70s in Newport, Rhode Island.

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In Massachusetts, authorities reported more than 100,000 power outages by mid-afternoon, warning that additional power cuts were likely and ordered some coastal communities to evacuate, warning that they expected homes to sustain significant damage.

Floodwaters from Friday's nor'easter remain Saturday in Winthrop, Mass. In Boston winds died down significantly to 15 miles per hour, with the rain having stopped between midnight and 2 a.m.

More than 3,000 flights were cancelled within, into or out of the United States yesterday and more than 2,400 others delayed, according to the website FlightAware. Boston Logan International, Philadelphia International and John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in NY saw the most cancellations. Amtrak said it cancelled more than a dozen trains and modified its schedule in the Northeast on Saturday.

People hoping to fly out of Bradley International Airport on Friday had to keep their fingers crossed that their flight was still on. A viral video on Twitter showed winds blowing hard enough to lift a portion of a hangar's roof.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said aptly that "March is coming in like a lion".

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 two to three inches (six centimeters) of rain and wet snow, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour).

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The nor'easter's reach extended from ME to North Carolina, where the state's Outer Banks received storm and flood warnings.