Tens of thousands of utility workers have been racing to restore power to 1.5 million homes and businesses in the Northeast. A dangerous nor’easter has caused flooding and wind damage from Virginia to Maine.
Coastal communities experienced damage from high-tide flooding and endured the effect of the powerful winds from the nor’easter on Saturday, March 3, 2018. There are washed out roads and flooded basements, snapped trees and power loss across the Northeast. Even though the storm was gone out to sea, there are still astronomical high tide expected along the coast of New England for Sunday.
Alex Barmashi lives in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts. “We’ve been here a long time and we’ve never seen it as bad as this.”
Conditions from the nor’easter began to improve slowly on Saturday. The cleanup process of broken trees, damaged structures, and large piles of debris. Flood waters receded in many areas, however, the storm removed large pieces of the coastline in several states from Virginia to Maine.
In Scituate, Beck Smith watched a nearby parking lot flood. “It looks like a war zone. It’s a lot of debris, big rocks, and pieces of wood littering the streets.”
The majority of the power outages in Massachusetts, occurred in the southeastern region of the state, as reported by CBS. For example, in Duxbury, 97 percent of the town is without power. Emergency management officials warned that it will be several days to a week before the power is fully restored in Duxbury.
In other areas residents were bailing out basements and assessing the damage while waiting for the power to be fixed. The number of power outages has been decreased by 500,000 but according to officials, the wind gusts left behind by the nor’easter are slowing efforts to repair the power.
Even though the storm has gone out to sea, the aftereffects are still impacting travel. Airports from D.C. to Boston are reporting multiple delays and cancellations. Service is slowly returning to regular services on the railways in New England. Amtrak reported that most of the stations in the northeast corridor should return to regular service on Sunday.
Authorities have reported that nine people lost their lives in this nor’easter. A 41-year-old man from New Jersey was killed Friday night from live power lines. In Connecticut, a 57-year-old man, and a 37-year-old man were killed when trees fell on their vehicles. Among the other five killed, two were children. A 6-year-old boy and a man were killed in Virginia. An 11-year-old boy in New York and a man it Rhode Island were both killed, and a 77-year-old woman died when she was struck by a branch outside her home near Baltimore.
flooding many continue around high tide in Massachusetts, and there will still be wind gusts in New England.
A meteorologist for the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Maryland, Marc Chenard, said forecasters are closely watching another storm system that could bring rain, and possibly more snow later in the week. Currently, the storm has not been classified, but it could possibly become another nor’easter.
Written by Jeanette Smith
NBC News: Nor’easter leaves flooding, power outages in its wake along New England coast
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