At least seven people were dead after a “monster nor’easter” – officially called Winter Storm Riley – slammed the northeastern United States on Saturday, leaving a trail of flooded streets, power outages and brutal winds.
Spotted by @NOAASatellites' #GOES16 satellite: today's #noreaster is seen spinning off the Atlantic Northeast. This storm is slamming the East Coast with intense winds, snow, rain and hail. More: https://t.co/xEZIiarvDQ pic.twitter.com/ma6vddiSCO
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A 6-year-old boy died in Virginia after a tree fell on his family’s home, officials said. Others include an 11-year-old boy hit by a falling tree in New York state, a 57-year-old man in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, hit by a tree while in his car and a 77-year-old woman struck by a branch outside her home in Baltimore.
The storm strengthened rapidly Friday, undergoing what’s known as bombogenesis or “bombing out,” when a low-pressure system drops 24 millibars in 24 hours. It was the second “bomb cyclone,” to hit the region after a similar storm hit the northeast back in early January. home in Baltimore.
According to Reuters, almost 2.4 million homes and businesses had no power in the Northeast and Midwest early on Saturday. Some utility companies warned customers that power might not be restored until later in the day or Sunday.
New York City saw a mix of rain, snow, sleet and winds that wrapped up by evening. Over 4 inches of rain fell in eastern Long Island and parts of eastern Massachusetts.
A tractor-trailer overturned on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York, photos showed.
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In Boston and nearby coastal communities, storm surges and high tides sent seawater in the streets, the second floods there this year.
Wind gusts of more than 90 miles per hour downed trees and power lines a day earlier. The highest wind gust was 93 mph in Barnstable, Massachuetts, while an 83 mph gust was measured in both East Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Little Compton, Rhode Island. Hurricane-force wind gusts will continue through coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island Friday night.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a states of emergency. “Please use common sense, heed all warnings, and stay inside and off the roads if possible,” Hogan said in a statement.
Heavy snow fell across much of the interior northeast Friday afternoon, including in Syracuse and Albany, New York; New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
Sussex County, New Jersey, has already seen 10 inches of snow by the afternoon. According to AccuWeather, the storm dumped as much as 18 inches (46 cm) of snow on parts of New York state and Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, a school bus was toppled over by high winds. No students were on board, and the driver’s injuries were minor.
Authorities lift a toppled school bus, blown over by high winds from a nor'easter. There were no students on board, but the driver suffered minor injuries. https://t.co/UeYze2Y47i pic.twitter.com/iisJ98tMAl
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Amtrak temporarily suspended service along the Northeast corridor until Saturday due to what it termed were “hazardous conditions for our customers and crews.” They announced around midnight Saturday that modified service would resume between Washington, D.C. and New York City at 6:20 a.m. and between New York City and Boston at 8:40 a.m.
Over 4,000 flights were canceled in the United States Friday, according to FlightAware. Nearly half of all scheduled flights at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport have been canceled today, the airport said. LaGuardia, Logan International in Boston and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey were the top-3 airports for cancelled flights on Friday.
One flight landing at Washington’s Dulles International Airport came in through turbulence so rough that most passengers became sick and the pilots were on the verge of becoming ill, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
And while the snow and rain will taper off as skies clear, but winds gusts of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) will persist through the day across the region, the National Weather Service said.