Airlines, officials and residents braced Thursday for potentially widespread coastal flooding from a major Nor'easter bearing down on a large swath of the East coast.
While upwards of a foot (30 centimeters) of snow may fall across interior New York, Pennsylvania, and northern New England, the storm's most unsafe aspects will likely be the high tides and winds due to start early Friday and continue through Saturday.
The state of MA is preparing for the worst: Governor Charlie Baker activated the National Guard Thursday in preparation for the storm.
The Coast Guard is urging all boaters and those living along coastal communities to secure their small craft, including canoes, kayaks, and paddle craft.
But coastal flooding will be the storm's greatest hazard, with well-above-normal water levels rising in parts of Boston and surging along the entire MA coast, Carbin added. This storm, however, will dump pasty, wet cement-like snow on upstate NY, and the higher elevations of CT and MA. Weather service maps show 60 to 75 miles per hour wind gusts all along the coast from Salisbury to Boston and out around Cape Cod.
Central and Western New York may also see a foot of snow, according to the NWS, while other places will see mostly rain. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.&&$$.
"Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines". The storm should be over late Friday night. The National Weather Service says flooding is possible Saturday. The Massachusetts coastline will likely see flooding, and coastlines along CT and Long Island may experience it as well. Along the shore, wave heights will be 4 to 8 feet, breaking along the shoreline and exacerbating flooding.
A mix of snow and rain will develop, making some driving hard for some during the commuter hours Friday evening.
Soaking rain and plowable snow is moving towards MA, with strong winds and severe coastal flooding being the main concerns for Friday's nor'easter. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.
The fire department in Duxbury, Massachusetts, is asking residents in flood zones to voluntarily evacuate at high tides during the storm.
"I can't stress this enough".
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Because this system will be a slow mover, its wind, rain and flood impacts could be felt for days. "While crews were able to perform rescues in between high tide cycles in January, it's possible first responders will be unable to reach all flooded areas at peak high tide tomorrow". "Rescue during the storm might not be possible".