2 million in 13 states struggle with power loss, flooding after...

2 million in 13 states struggle with power loss, flooding after nor'easter

More than 2 million households and businesses in 13 states across the Northeast were without power Saturday morning after a powerful storm flooded streets, toppled trees and knocked out electricity. Among the victims was a 6-year-old boy who died early Friday morning when a tree fell onto his family’s home while he was asleep in Chester, Virginia, according to ABC affiliate WRIC in Richmond, Virginia.

03 Mart 2018 - 23:08

More than 2 million households and businesses in 13 states across the Northeast were without power Saturday morning after a powerful storm flooded streets, toppled trees and knocked out electricity.

Among the victims was a 6-year-old boy who died early Friday morning when a tree fell onto his family’s home while he was asleep in Chester, Virginia, according to ABC affiliate WRIC in Richmond, Virginia.

The fierce storm brought heavy rain, wind and snow to the region, causing rough seas and coastal flooding. The storm strengthened rapidly Friday, undergoing what's known as bombogenesis or "bombing out," when a low-pressure system drops 24 millibars in 24 hours.

Numerous roads remained closed Saturday morning due to debris, fallen trees and downed power lines. Air and Rail service across the Northeast was impacted significantly with delays and cancellations. Amtrak began to restore service Saturday morning, after it suspended all service on its Northeast Corridor Line on Friday amid the height of the storm.


There were still 2,089,349 customers without power in states across the Northeast as of Saturday 10 a.m. ET. Several communities in Massachusetts were in complete darkness.

Boston Harbor saw historic flooding as the nor’easter coincided with high tide on Friday. The current record at Boston Harbor was set just in January at 15.16 feet. Friday morning's high tide fell just short of that, peaking at 14.67 feet, for the city's third-highest flooding on record, according to the National Weather Service.

Later Friday, just before midnight, the high tide peaked at 13.83 feet, with a 2.9-foot storm surge, according to the National Weather Service. Another high tide near 14.6 feet is forecast around noon Saturday.

Along Cape Cod, the high tide on Saturday will reach near major flood stage, and will once again be in the top three crests on record.

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