A powerful nor’easter barreled into the East Coast on Friday, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and wet snow as residents from the mid-Atlantic to Maine braced for coastal flooding. The storm has been blamed for at least one death.
Fox News’ Janice Dean reported the nor’easter will bring rain and flooding conditions with a possibility of hurricane-force winds that could reach 90 mph along the coast.
The Eastern Seaboard is expecting wind gusts exceeding 50 mph. The National Weather Service has dubbed the nor’easter as “one of the most powerful windstorms in recent years.”
A Baltimore County woman, 77, was killed after a tree branch fell on her while she was getting the mail Friday, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Wind warnings are in effect from the mid-Atlantic up to New England. Upstate New York, northeast Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey are expected to receive the most snow.
The front edge of the storm dumped up to a foot of snow in northeast Ohio, with strong winds leading to power outages and school closings. East Aurora, N.Y., has received 18.6 inches of snow as of Friday morning.
In New York, heavy snow was expected in the state’s north while strong winds were expected to pummel Long Island and the New York City Tri-State area, the Weather Channel reported.
Some Massachusetts residents have evacuated their homes ahead of the storm, which was expected to bring flooding to Duxbury, south of Boston, and other coastal Massachusetts towns. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker activated 200 National Guard members to help with the storm.
FOX 25 Boston reported flooding along Massachusetts’ coast on Friday morning. Officials confirmed the storm has downed power lines and left more than 900,000 customers without power in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions Friday.
In New Jersey, officials are worried that the storm could erode beaches just south of Atlantic City that are still being repaired from previous storms’ damage. Winds were expected to increase drastically throughout the day, peaking Friday afternoon with gusts from 50 mph to 60 mph that could leave downed trees and power lines.
The Weather Channel reported the area off the Jersey Shore is undergoing a “bombogenesis.” Also commonly called a “bomb cyclone,” this weather event is defined by a “rapid drop in atmospheric pressure of at least 24 millibars in a period of 24 hours or less,” the Weather Channel stated.
Across the East Coast, authorities told residents of coastal communities to be prepared to evacuate if necessary in advance of Friday morning’s high tide. The weather service said all of Rhode Island was under flood and high wind watches through Sunday morning.
Airlines have made their own preparations. USA Today reported airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights Friday as the nor’easter pummeled the coast.
Amtrak announced Friday afternoon it has suspended all service in the Northeast Corridor as a precaution.
Meanwhile across the west, a storm moving in from the Pacific will bring heavy rain and snow in the mountains especially among the Sierras and the Great Basin, Dean reported. Flooding will be a concern, especially across the burn areas in southern California.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.