Sandbags and warnings as northeast United States braces for storm-driven flood

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Sandbags and warnings as northeast United States braces for storm-driven flood

In some places like MA and Rhode Island, gusts over 70 miles per hour are expected. There were more than 150,000 customers without power in the D.C. area as of 4 a.m. Friday.

The enormous nor'easter, named Winter Storm Riley, could cause power outages and significant damage as it moves east from the Mid-Atlantic and picks up strength off the New England coast. The man was taken to St. Luke's Hospital.

A pair of divers wrapped a harness round the panel separating the driver's window and back window, and crews then managed to pull the auto from the water.

Privately, you may be wondering (and you wouldn't be alone): "What is a storm surge?"

Gomes said the fire caused extensive damage including water damage in the first, second and third floors.

According to BASE, it was believed that all of New Bedford's fishing vessels were in the port to avoid the storm. One lane was closed while they got it back on the road. As of 2 p.m. the section in Brewster had been reopened.

'Unfortunately, there is increasing potential for another major coastal storm by the middle of next week, ' the weather service added.

The storms that go through this process are fueled by intense air and moisture contrasts, such as the presence of a polar air mass across the northeastern US, and a warm and moist air mass sitting over the Gulf Stream waters. At least five people were killed by falling trees or branches.

Emergency workers in Washington also pulled a man with life-threatening injuries from a vehicle that was struck by a falling tree, the fire department there said. Police rescued many people in partially submerged and trapped cars. The majority of roads are expected to remain passable with only isolated closures.

Among the follow-on effects discussed in the CNN report are coastal flooding, flight cancellations, heavy snow, and local evacuations-with plenty of warnings from officials, including the governor of MA, not to try and ride out the storm if ordered to relocate.

In a press briefing Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker said he had just signed an order to activate the National Guard, which would deploy up to 200 guardsmen and women to work with state and local officials in coastal communities.

Flight tracking website FlightAware.com says more than 1,000 flights involving United States airports have been canceled for Friday.

Passenger railroad Amtrak halted service between Boston and Washington through Friday as well as south of the capital because of downed trees blocking tracks.

Dramatic video tweeted by CBS New York shows a tractor-trailer rig tipping over while crossing the Mario Cuomo Bridge in the pouring rain and heavy winds.

The National Weather Service had coastal flood watches and warnings in place from southern ME through coastal North Carolina, including New York's eastern suburbs, and also warned that a snowstorm heading east from the Ohio Valley could drop significant amounts of snow in northern New York State.

American Airlines was hit the hardest, with 26 flights abandoned that were headed east for Baltimore; Boston; New York; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C. and Newark, New Jersey.

Friday Night: Rain changing to snow and tapering to snow and rain showers.

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