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Nor'easter slams East Coast with heavy rain, strong winds

Nor'easter slams East Coast with heavy rain, strong winds

While upwards of a foot (30 centimeters) of snow may fall across interior New York, Pennsylvania, and northern New England, the storm's most unsafe aspects will likely be the high tides and winds due to start early Friday and continue through Saturday.

Police said the cause of how the auto landed in the water remains unknown.

The storm is expected to hit during several astronomical high tides, similar to early January's blizzard.

To make matters worse, the storm is occurring during the three highest astronomical tides of the month-when a high tide occurs during a full moon, ocean water doesn't fully recede during the low-tide cycle. "This is a very unsafe storm, and evacuation of some neighborhoods will likely be necessary", the weather service says. In addition, a High Wind Watch has been put in place for Friday morning through Saturday morning.

Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday issued a voluntary evacuation order for Plum Island, effective Friday morning.

Flooding is expected along the shoreline, and power outages are possible, the service said.

He added that it is hard to predict where the storm will take its heaviest toll.




The Coast Guard advised boaters to exercise "vigilance and extreme caution".

The MBTA, commuter rail, and Logan Airport are all deploying resources to prepare for flooding, Baker said, noting that flooding during the January storm caused major problems with the MBTA and commuter rail lines.

It wasn't immediately known if the service would resume in time for the evening commute. Hornell has gotten more than 14 inches of snow in the past day.

"Since 10 a.m., Thursday until now, this storm has rapidly dropped in pressure, officially passing the definition of 24 millibars in 24 hours", CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said at 11 a.m. ET Friday.

The Boston branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) issued warming, saying, this is a life and death situation. "Please be smart, plan ahead and use caution during the storm".

The winds will get stronger through the morning and afternoon, and could gust up to 40 to 60 miles per hour in major cities such as Washington, D.C; Philadelphia; New York City; and Boston. Amtrak said weather conditions had slowed service between Washington and New York City. More than 1.2 million homes worth more than $468 billion are at risk from coastal flooding in 11 states from ME to Virginia, according to the Insurance Information Institute in NY. Nantucket Harbor, in particular, may see record water levels, potentially exceeding those experienced during the October 1991 'Perfect Storm.' Coastal communities should continue to message to residents to evacuate areas at risk for flooding.

Forecasters said Boston's Seaport District could be flooded and breaking waves along beaches could lead to significant erosion.


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