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Storm lashing US Northeast kills at least five people

Storm lashing US Northeast kills at least five people

A major nor'easter pounded the East Coast on Friday, packing heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds as residents from the mid-Atlantic to ME braced for coastal flooding. "There's a lot of trees laying against wires and intersections you can't see", said Butch Welch of Marshfield. While the storm has been pushed out to sea, powerful astronomical high tides were expected Sunday along the New England coast, including Nantucket, the National Weather Service tweeted.

A pilot who landed at Dulles Airport Friday morning reported the landing was so bumpy, "pretty much everyone on the plane threw up".

The Eastern Seaboard was hammered by gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour, with winds of 80 to 90 miles per hour on Cape Cod.

Wind-driven rain gave way to snow by 8 a.m.in New York City, while heavy flakes were already falling Upstate and in Pennsylvania and northern New England. Boston and Rhode Island were expected to get 2 to 5 inches.

Floodwaters in Quincy, Massachusetts, submerged cars and trapped people in their homes.

Residents of coastal areas that regularly flood in storms, including the towns of Newburyport, Duxbury and Scituate had been encouraged to evacuate their homes and head to higher ground, said Chris Besse, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has activated 200 National Guard members.

More than 2,100 flights were canceled by airlines, most spread across airports in the Northeast.

Dramatic footage posted on social media appeared to show part of the roof and tiles ripped from LaGuardia Airport in NY - where 600 flights were cancelled.

President Donald Trump, who travelled to North Carolina for the funeral for the Rev. Billy Graham, was forced to fly out of Dulles instead of Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is housed, because of high winds.

Amtrak also announced it had suspended train service between NY and Boston. The commuter system in parts of New York, Connecticut and MA reported suspending or delaying services on Saturday for continuing flood-related problems. Strong winds took down power poles in Watertown, a Boston suburb.

Meanwhile, police in NY reported that several barges in the Hudson River broke loose during the storm.

In the Washington area, federal offices didn't open, schools closed and trash collection was suspended. Smithsonian museums also shut their doors.

Mullen says areas in Ashtabula County in the far northeast corner of the state received 10-12 inches of wet, heavy snow while temperatures hovered around freezing.

A 41-year-old New Jersey man was killed Friday night when he came in contact with live power lines, NJ.com reported.

In spite of the lack of snow along the coastline with the upcoming nor'easter, there are still three other hazards that will affect most of us over the next few days.

The resort used explosives and other tools to knock down snow to prevent avalanches throughout the day but the snowfall was heavy, she said. "It's taken down a lot of lines", Stewart said.

"I'm concerned mostly because of the duration of this event", Keon said Friday.


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