Powerful nor'easter packing rain, snow, high winds

The heaviest rain on Thursday night will be in western Pennsylvania

The heaviest rain on Thursday night will be in western Pennsylvania

Occurring on the East Coast of North America typically between September and April, nor'easter storms are called that name due to winds coming from the northeast, according to the National Weather Service. Coastal flood warnings, watches and advisories stretch along the New Jersey coast and as far south as Virginia.

Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday issued a voluntary evacuation order for Plum Island, effective Friday morning.

"I encourage all residents to be mindful of the storm and encourage employers to take the weather into consideration, which will mostly impact the coastal areas of our city", Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.

The high water receded in the afternoon, but the National Weather Service said Boston could face renewed flooding with another high tide around midnight on Friday. The same thing happened in January, when a winter storm underwent a process known as bombogenesis, with its central pressure - a measure of a its power - dropping 21 millibars in six hours.

The Coast Guard advised "vigilance and extreme caution" for mariners and offshore winds near the MA coast were forecast up to 75 knots Friday night, with seas "building to 29 to 44 feet".

While I'm not a fan of the cutesy naming of potentially deadly weather phenomena, it's attention-grabbing.

In Massachusetts, authorities reported more than 100,000 power outages by mid-afternoon, warning that additional power cuts were likely and ordered some coastal communities to evacuate, warning that they expected homes to sustain significant damage.

- Sustained winds will be 20 to 40 miles per hour, with wind gusts up to 60 MPH.

Residents are taking precautions to protect their homes and businesses. Trash and recycling collections are also suspended Friday in Washington.

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The powerful nor'easter, which is intensifying rapidly, is becoming a "bomb cyclone", as it hammered the East Coast on Friday, with howling winds, drenching rain, some snow and surging waves. District of Columbia Public Schools announced before 8:30 a.m. that parent-teacher conferences would be rescheduled.

Eversource customer power outages.

Over 600,000 customers are without power from MA to Virginia. Approximately 50,000 customers were without power in OH, according to OhioEdison.

With the moon full, the tide is at its highest point of the month, and the storm surge could drive as much as 4 feet of water into coastal neighborhoods, CNN meteorologists said.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said more than 160,000 customers had lost power statewide, as of 5 p.m. Friday.

Look for the strongest winds Friday afternoon through Friday night, capable of downing trees and power lines, and leading to limited visibility, making travel hard.

Commuter rail services - MARC and Virginia Railway Express - shut down their trains for the day.

Downed trees caused some of the biggest headaches, including a major shutdown of Amtrak service and delays for subways, NJ Transit and Metro-North.

On the inner loop of the Capital Beltway near Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Md., some lanes were closed after a crash involving a tractor trailer, a tree and several vehicles.

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