January 23, 2019

Massive winter storm slams US East Coast

12 January 2018, 11:47 | Devin Moran

Heavy Snow And High Winds Pound The East Coast

East coast braces for 'Bomb Cyclone'

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows a powerful nor'easter winter storm moving up the US Eastern Seaboard on Thursday.

Parts of New England will be covered by 12 inches of snow.

"These are tough conditions to move around in, so if you don't need to be on the road. you shouldn't", said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Twitter. Philadelphia declared a snow emergency.

The Republican governor of MA told reporters Thursday that the flooding resulting from a "historic high tide" led to the deployment of a number of National Guard high-water rescue vehicles to help stranded residents and vehicles.

The New York Giants' coaching search was delayed by a winter storm that dumped almost a 1 1/2 feet of snow on some New Jersey shore towns.

The flooding tied a 40-year record, the National Weather Service said.

"It could result in some flooding, especially for vulnerable locations on the shoreline", Morrone said. Forecasters expect blizzard conditions in Boston, Massachusetts (and in all of ME and New Hampshire), freezing rain in Charleston, South Carolina, southern Georgia and northern Florida, where some snow has fallen. Residents of southeast Georgia were treated to a rare half foot of snow (15 centimeters).

By Wednesday afternoon, Duke Energy reported 362 power outages in its coverage area, which includes portions of eastern North Carolina.

The airline-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 3,200 cancelled flights within, into, or out of the United States on Thursday morning. The deepening rate could be among the strongest observed off the East Coast in the last several decades of records, according to [the National Weather Service's] David Roth.

The storm's focus and track will shift north until it brings its worst to Boston and coastal New England Thursday.

The cyclone is expected to bring strong gusts of wind, freezing rain and heavy snow.

Weather map showing snow fall forecast for Thursday on the east coast of the U.S., January 4, 2018.

They're caused by a severe drop in pressure - over 24 millibars in 24 hours - which creates something called "explosive cyclogenesis" or "bombogenesis". He added that the cold temperatures can also be deadly. SC saw its third heaviest snowfall in one day on record in Charleston, where 5.3 inches of snow was measured Wednesday.

"The only impact it has on Florida is that it kept the cold air over Florida longer than it would have otherwise".

The atmosphere doesn't like imbalance, Carolan said.

Among those killed were two men whose pickup truck slid off a road and overturned into a creek Wednesday night, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a press conference this morning.

"The pressure has dropped tremendously, 21 millibars in six hours, so it is really going to town off the Mid-Atlantic coast now", Oravec said.

Temperatures have reached record lows for nearly two weeks in a row, and there's been extreme snow, wind, and storms.

The snow has been steadily falling in Cape May for hours and the winds which are gusting up to 30 miles per hour are drastically impairing visibility for drivers on the roads.

About 72,000 homes and businesses were blacked out as of 11 a.m.

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