Over 2400 flights cancelled as windstorm hits US East Coast


Over 2400 flights cancelled as windstorm hits US East Coast

Businesses blocked doors with sandbags and officials warned residents of waterfront homes to be ready to evacuate as the northeastern United States braced for a powerful storm on Friday that threatened to flood coasts from ME to North Carolina.

The storm triggered power outages, school closures and transit disruptions from North Carolina to New England.

More than 70,000 people were without power Friday in Northeast Ohio and 49,000 power outages were reported in Maryland. Depending on how much water was pushed ashore and the area's watershed, it may hang around, causing further damage to communities.

Inland New England is more likely to get snow, with a foot possible in upstate NY and western MA.

A massive storm hammering the Northeastern U.S. with rain and snow forced the cancellations Friday of hundreds of flights into and out of the region.

The coastal flooding is expected to begin Friday and continue in some areas into Saturday night and Sunday with water levels rising 2 to 5 feet above normal tides along the eastern MA shore.

Trump usually travels out of Andrews, but his departure location was moved due to high winds in the area.

- This particular storm will be a powerful one.

The poweroutage.us website, which tracks utilities across the nation, reported early Friday afternoon that Pennsylvania was the hardest hit state with more than 292,700 homes and businesses without electricity.

The storm, with about 80 million people in its path, could knock out power and flood some neighborhoods along the Atlantic coast Friday and Saturday.

"Take this storm seriously!" the National Weather Service's Boston office warned via Twitter. "We got a couple of sump pumps", said Shaffer, who evacuated to higher ground Thursday night.

The first flood surge came at an extreme high tide, which occurred a little after 11 a.m. ET (1600 GMT) in Boston, the second time this year parts of the city flooded.

- It's not just the East coast that's getting hammered.

"Mostly minor and some moderate flooding is expected in southern New England and NY on Friday and Saturday", the National Weather Service said.

A nor'easter has begun hammering the East Coast with a ferocious mix of howling winds, drenching rain, some snow and surging waves.

The storm's impact is quickly being felt.

As of Friday morning, the nor'easter Winter Storm Riley had prompted all of the major carriers - Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United, Southwest, and JetBlue (among others) - to offer fee waivers.

This nor'easter, like the one in January, could reach bombogenesis - or become a "bomb cyclone" - by dropping at least 24 millibars of atmospheric pressure in 24 hours.



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