March 18, 2018

Power outages, flooding linger following powerful nor'easter

06 March 2018, 10:16 | Katie Chavez

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Scituate Massachusetts. A nor'easter is set to slam the East Coast on Friday bringing coastal flooding heavy snow and strong winds to the area. (P

"We're seeing homes underwater, their basements were flooded out, the electricity was off".

At least nine fatalities were recorded, while large portions of the East Coast suffered from lack of power Saturday, as a powerful Nor'easter pounded the region with heavy rains, thick snow, and powerful winds. This doesn't mean the storms will impact us nor will they be as intense as what we just experienced.

She said the winds this week will not be as strong, and the risk of coastal flooding is minimal right now, although that could change.

That's in part thanks to a process known as "bombogenesis", the same meteorological phenomenon that caused coastal flooding during the January 4 snow storm. High tide Friday in Boston was the third highest recorded since records started in 1928, the Boston National Weather Service reported.

This was an intense nor'easter, and the winds with it were as strong as they've been since the December 2005 storm and Hurricanee Bob back in 1991.

Numerous deaths were due to falling trees, officials said.

Early Friday morning, a tree fell onto a Virginia home and killed 6-year-old Anthony Hamilton while he was sleeping, Chesterfield County Police reported.

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On Friday, local media reported about five victims of the storm in the states of Virginia, Maryland, New York and Rhode Island. The child died of his injuries at a hospital.

"The house shook, and we heard a noise".

Further, there are dangers of a massive coastal flooding expected to impact MA and Boston.

Emergency crews rescued people trapped amid floods in vehicles in Quincy, Mass., and high waves battered the nearby town of Scituate, leading to evacuations of more than 1,800 people.

The service says seas could top 15.5 feet (4.7 meters) at a tidal gauge in Boston Harbor, but it is anticipating a high tide of 14.5 feet (4.4 meters) to 15.1 feet (4.6 meters) in the harbor.

Dozens of homes in Scituate were damaged by the fierce winds and high tides from the storm and, on Monday, water still filled yards and rocks blocked streets.

Ahead of the impending storm, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency officials were to hold a conference call with municipal officials Monday to discuss making emergency repairs to sea walls and other barriers damaged during the weekend's storm and "to ensure preparations for a potential weather system Wednesday night into Thursday", the agency said. MA emergency officials said tides "will be astronomically high" in the next few days. For flights that did take off, passengers and crew members experienced extreme turbulence, in one case causing almost everyone on board a flight touching down at the Washington Dulles International Airport to throw up.

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