Nor'easter to bring NYC heavy rain, damaging winds, flooding

Boston streets flooding as nor'easter pounds city

The pressure was plummeting and the damaging wind gusts near hurricane force were ramping up early Friday afternoon, as a huge and powerful nor'easter rapidly intensified off the Northeast U.S. coast. The storm's central pressure will fall just a few more millibars through Saturday, but the winds will continue to increase through Friday night as they adjust to the rapid pressure fall that occurred Friday morning.

"We've been here a long time and we've never seen it as bad as this", said Alex Barmashi, as he took in the fearsome spectacle along Cape Cod Bay in Bourne, Massachusetts.

Heavy snow and strong winds already had caused power outages upstate, Cuomo said late Friday morning. At a news conference in Bristol, she said she had seen damage across the state. "It's a lot of debris, big rocks and pieces of wood littering the streets".

Even if this storm doesn't "bomb out", the coastal low will pack an incredible punch, with places from eastern Long Island in NY to Boston likely to get hit hardest.

Like the powerful storm that slammed the East Coast on January 4, meteorologists are describing this new nor'easter as a "bomb cyclone".

"Don't operate generators in garages or under residential structures", Murphy added.

"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 miles per hour Sunday afternoon".

Residents in other coastal areas bailed out basements and surveyed the damage while waiting for power to be restored, a process that power companies warned could take days in parts.

The flooding in MA has prompted local emergency services to warn residents against attempting to drive through the waters. "Usually when you think of bad weather in New England, you think of snow. But it's been all wind and coastal flooding".

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A satellite image of the nor'easter hitting the East Coast on the morning of March 2, 2018. Power outages on the East Coast dipped by about 500,000 from a peak of 2 million earlier Saturday, but officials said lingering wind gusts were slowing fix efforts.

Around Washington, D.C., downed power lines cut electricity to 400,000 people in Virginia, Maryland and the District, according to WTOP. All were killed by falling trees. A 77-year-old woman died after being struck by a branch outside her home near Baltimore.

By midmorning Friday, more than a half-million power customers were offline across that area. LaGuardia and Kennedy airports in New York City were brought to a near standstill. A day later, airports from Washington, D.C.to Boston were still reporting dozens of delays and cancellations, but they were recovering.

Amtrak had to cancel train service along the Northeast Corridor Friday night, though service between Boston and NY was resumed Saturday morning. Other train lines were similarly affected.

In Virginia, the 23-mile (37-kilometer) Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel had reopened and ships were being allowed to enter the Chesapeake Bay.

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.

In Duxbury, south of Boston, officials urged people to evacuate as soon as possible, and the fire department was preparing to use a high water rescue vehicle for the first time to help any residents who wind up stuck in homes during high floodwaters.

State police announced the closure of roads and businesses in coastal areas as the National Weather Service warned that shoreline neighborhoods would stay inundated and cutoff, with water unable to drain until the storm passes.

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