March 21, 2018

Millions face snow, travel chaos as 'bomb cyclone' bears down on Northeast

12 January 2018, 11:45 | Opal Carroll

14 people have died and tens of thousands are without power due to the storm

14 people have died and tens of thousands are without power due to the storm

The winter storm known as the "Bomb Cyclone" is creating a large amount of problems for residents in Boston, New York and the Northeast. "Avoiding unnecessary travel will keep accidents to a minimum and allow state and municipal road crews to safely go about their work". Snow was reported in Savannah, Georgia, while freezing rain and ice covered broad areas of southern states. No customers complained that he was slower than usual.

"Where I live there's a lot of elderly people and if there were an emergency, not only could they not get out, I'm not sure if rescue people could get in", she said.

The huge storm was born when a surge of moist ocean air spiraled north to meet a frigid blast of Arctic air - the flawless recipe for a Nor'easter.

As snow and strong winds start to hit the northeast, much of its citizens are barring down and preparing for possibly being stuck inside.

On Thursday, Philadelphia can expect 3 to 6 inches of snow, while 4 to 8 inches are forecast for New York City and over a foot of snow is expected in Boston.

"There is moderate to heavy snow from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, all the way down to New York City", said Rob Carolan, a meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services Nashua, New Hampshire.

Commonly referred to as a Bomb Cyclone type of weather event, Winter Storm Grayson quickly grew into one of the most powerful East Coast winter weather phenomenons in recent history. It brought high winds and swift, heavy snowfall.

The cold has been blamed for at least nine deaths over the past few days, including those of two homeless people in Houston.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also closed all state offices and declared a state of emergency in three coastal counties.

Arjun Shah, a 22-year-old Briton, studies in IN but had never visited the US East Coast. New York's John F Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport temporarily halted all flights due to whiteout conditions, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

A man uses a snowblower to clear snow from a street during a snowstorm in Port Washington, New York, US Jan 4, 2018. United States railway operator Amtrak is running on a reduced schedule, and interstate buses are also being cancelled.

The cold weather has frozen parts of Niagara Falls on the US/Canadian border. He says the South won't be spared the cold weather, either. "Replacement parts are tough to find and maintenance process turns into major headache". Amtrak planned to operate a modified schedule between NY and Boston.

A worker shovels snow from a sidewalk in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The storm on Thursday caused a 3-foot tidal surge which flooded the area around Boston's historic Long Wharf with icy seawater. Firefighters used an inflatable raft to rescue one motorist from a vehicle submerged in water up to its door handles, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn told reporters.

Staten Island and Queens also face a flood threat between 9 a.m. and noon Thursday as the storm will push tides as much as 12 to 18 inches higher than normal, said Faye Morrone, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York. Boston mayor Marty Walsh said, "Both rush hours will be affected".

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