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Today Storm Surge USA State of Massachusetts, Salisbury Damage level Details

Storm Surge in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 17:03 (05:03 PM) UTC.

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In coastal communities north of Boston, the roiling sea from the Blizzard of 2013 forced some people to leave their homes. Others left their homes voluntarily – to witness the power of Mother Nature. A storm surge of at least 20 feet rolled over the seawall in Salisbury, damaging at least two homes, and triggering a mandatory evacuation of about 1,000 residents who live along the beach, police said. “We had a couple of rogue waves,” Salisbury Police Detective Steve Sforza said this morning. “One tide went right through the surf side” of a home. Police responded to a 911 call around 9 a.m. from a family on North End Avenue, which runs along Salisbury Beach toward New Hampshire.”They said the ocean was inside their house, and they were right,” said Sforza, who responded to the call. “There was sand everywhere.” Four adults and two cats were taken from the home, Sforza said. Police immediately ordered residents to evacuate. Buses were transporting people to a shelter set up at town elementary school on Route 1, Sforza said. “We can’t force people out of their houses, but we’re telling people to leave for safety reasons,” he said. Despite the damage to the two homes, no buildings collapses or injuries were reported, Sforza said. The storm surge, which came about an hour before the 10 a.m. high tide, surprised officials in this beach town o the New Hampshire border, Sforza said. “We had no idea the surf would be that high,” he said. “It wasn’t even high tide.”

As high tide approached at 10 a.m. on Saturday on Plum Island, just to the south, Newbury officials feared pounding surf could worsen beach erosion that already threatens several homes with toppling into the sea. “No mandatory evacuation has been issued, but we are very concerned with the potential for severe beach erosion during this high-tide cycle,” Town Administrator Tracy Blais said in an e-mail. Public safety officials and the building commissioner were standing by on the barrier island, but a mandatory evacuation was not ordered, she said. Farther down the coast towards Boston, in Revere, high tide this morning brought crashing waves, but no major flooding, Fire Chief Eugene Doherty said. “I think we were fortunate,” Doherty said by telephone, about 10:30 a.m., just after high tide. “The wind shifted. That helped us.”

Waves as high as 40 feet crashed over the seawall, flooding Revere Beach Boulevard. No homes or businesses were damaged, Doherty said. Small pockets of flooding were confined largely to the shoreline neighborhoods of Riverside and Point of Pines, Doherty said. “It was just localized to streets in that area,” he said. “We’re actually over the worst part.” High tide in Manchester-by-the-Sea brought Gary Swayze to Singing Beach, with camera in hand.

1 09.02.2013 Snow Storm USA MultiStates, [States of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut] Damage level Details

Snow Storm in USA on Friday, 08 February, 2013 at 20:10 (08:10 PM) UTC.

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Most airlines were giving up on flying in and out of New York, Boston and other cities in the Northeast Friday as a massive storm threatened to dump snow by the foot on the region. Airlines were generally shutting down operations in the afternoon at the three big New York-area airports as well as Boston, Providence, Portland, Maine, and other Northeastern airports. They’re hoping to resume flights on Saturday. Many travelers were steering clear of that part of the country altogether. Airlines waived the usual fees to change tickets for flights in the affected areas.Airlines try to get ahead of big storms by canceling flights in advance rather than crossing their fingers that they can operate in bad weather. They want to avoid having crews and planes stuck in one area of the country. They also face fines for leaving passengers stuck on a plane for more than three hours under a rule that went into effect back in 2010. As any frequent traveler knows, during a bad storm, the fastest route from, say, New York to Minneapolis may be through Atlanta, or Salt Lake City. Airline workers are adept at finding such routes manually. The new Delta system looks for such “creative routings” automatically and sends a message to the traveler telling them about their new flight, Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson said on an employee hotline message last week. More than any other airline, JetBlue Airways Corp.’s route network is centered around the East Coast. Its meteorologist gives JetBlue executives a rolling seven-day forecast, and by Friday it was canceling flights. It scrubbed more than 400 flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Waiting too long to cancel flights means “customers are headed for the airport, they’re in their cars, they get to the airport and if your flight’s canceled that’s when bad things start to happen from a customer standpoint,” said Rob Maruster, Jet Blue’s chief operating officer. The snow was snarling air travel in Canada, too, with 240 flights canceled on Friday at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips said Toronto hasn’t seen a snowfall exceeding 5 inches since Dec. 19, 2008. The current storm was expected to dump up to 11 inches of snow as it moves along.

Snow Storm in USA on Friday, 08 February, 2013 at 20:10 (08:10 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 04:54 UTC
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Governors of four states have declared a state of emergency as forecasters say a massive blizzard is poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow on the Northeast. Snow began falling Friday morning in some areas with the heaviest amounts expected to fall at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 75 mph. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as the state braced for the storm. As the storm gains strength it will bring “extremely dangerous conditions” with bands of snow dropping up to two to three inches per hour at the height of the blizzard, Patrick said. Patrick ordered non-emergency state workers to stay home Friday and urged private employers to do the same. Widespread power failures were feared, along with high tides and flooding in much of the coastal areas.Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy declared a state of emergency and is asking all residents to limit travel. Roads in the state will be subject to closure beginning at noon. “People need to take this storm seriously. If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear,” Malloy said. “Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also declared a state of emergency to give the government more flexibility in dealing with the snow and ice expected in the area. Cuomo says the weather will be bad, but the state has been through much worse.

In New England, it could prove to be among the top 10 snowstorms in history, and perhaps even break Boston’s record of 27.6 inches, set in 2003 forecasters said. The last major snowfall in southern New England was well over a year ago, the Halloween storm of 2011. Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared a state of emergency in Rhode Island as some areas of the state are predicted to get 2 feet of snow. The governor urged residents to take “extreme caution” and stay off the roads. More than 3,700 flights through Saturday have been canceled with disruptions from the blizzard certain to ripple across the U.S.

New York City’s three main airports, most domestic carriers planned to cease operations between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, resuming after noon on Saturday. At Boston’s Logan and other New England airports, most airlines were to cease operations between noon and 4 p.m. and would restart Saturday. Amtrak said its Northeast trains will stop running Friday afternoon. “This one doesn’t come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm,” Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. said. “Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don’t plan on leaving.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby as he urged residents to stay home Friday night. “We hope forecasts are exaggerating the amount of snow, but you can never tell,” Bloomberg said. New York City is expected to get between 10-15 inches of snow across its five boroughs. Blizzard warnings were issued for parts of New Jersey and New York’s Long Island as well as portions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The warnings extended into New Hampshire and Maine.

In Whitman, a southeast Mass. town where up to 30 inches of snow is forecast, public work crews were cleaning crosswalk signs, trash barrels and anything else that might impeded plows later. “We’ve had instances where they have predicted something big and it’s petered out,” Dennis Smith, a DPW worker said. “I don’t think this is going to be one of those times.” Diane Lopes was among the shoppers who packed a supermarket Thursday in the coastal fishing city of Gloucester, Mass. She said she went to a different grocery earlier in the day but it was too crowded. Lopes said she has strep throat and normally wouldn’t leave the house but had to stock up on basic foods — “and lots of wine.”

Today Power Outage USA State of Rhode Island, [R.I.-wide] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC.

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National Grid says more than 170,000 customers have lost power in Rhode Island, and they’re advising residents to be prepared for power outages that could last for days because of the blizzard hitting the region. The utility reports most of the outages Friday night were in Washington County. Conditions aren’t expected to improve until after early Saturday, and the utility has brought in hundreds of extra crews to respond to downed lines and restore power. The utility is reminding people to stay clear of downed trees and power lines.

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 17:00 UTC
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Rhode Islanders were urged Saturday to stay off the roads to allow crews to clear up to 2 feet of snow from a powerful winter storm that left 180,000 homes and businesses without power across the state. Gov. Lincoln Chafee ordered all roads in the state closed to nonessential traffic effective Saturday morning. He said the temporary travel restrictions would allow public works crews to clear streets and aid utility workers trying to restore power. The state remains under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. Saturday, and officials advised residents to stay home until conditions improved. Most people appeared to heed the warnings in Providence, where typically busy streets were empty Saturday morning as the wind blew snow into drifts that buried cars and parking lots.While Providence County experienced the greatest number of outages, nearly everyone in Newport and Bristol County was without power Saturday morning. National Grid said extra crews have been called in to assist but cautioned that it could be days before power is fully restored. No accidents or injuries were reported on state highways, although dozens of cars got stuck in the snow, state police Lt. William Jamieson said. T.F. Green Airport remained closed Saturday morning and all departing flights for the day were canceled. Chafee declared a state of emergency Friday as the storm picked up in intensity. Interstates were closed to nonessential traffic and two state bridges were briefly closed to commercial traffic after strong wind gusts created dangerous conditions.

Today Power Outage USA State of New York, [Long Island] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 10:32 (10:32 AM) UTC.

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More than 10,000 customers were without power after a major snowstorm hit the Long Island area, according to the Long Island Power Authority. National Grid was preparing for a “significant” restoration effort with a ground force of 1,000 workers as the major winter storm hit an electric system just recovered from superstorm Sandy. Blizzard Nemo will be an all boots on the ground operation, National Grid President John Bruckner said Friday during a press conference regarding storm preparation. The company president estimates about 100,000 power outages across Long Island during the storm. However, customers shouldn’t be in the dark for long. Bruckner said power will likely be restored within 24 hours. While the impending blizzard is not expected to cause nearly the same amount of outages that Sandy did, Commack residents are skeptical that elecricity will be turned on within a day. “Somebody is building castles in the sky,” Commack Facebook fan Pat Bocchino, commented.During Sandy, some Commack residents experienced power outages for more than a week after the storm. Bruckner said the company has 700 high-voltage lineman and 250 tree-trimmers ready to act after the storm. In addition National Grid is upping the number of call-center personnel to provide better communication during and after the storm, Bruckner said. National Grid has fully restocked its supplies of power lines, transformers and wires so that workers do not have to wait for shipments to come in, like they did during Superstorm Sandy. “The resources we needed, we didn’t see until many days after Sandy. For this storm, they are on Long Island,” he said. Bruckner also said that the company is monitoring the potential storm surge on Long Island’s North Shore, and has already sandbagged its equipment in case of flooding. “We feel we’re in pretty good shape going into this storm,” Bruckner said.

2 Today Power Outage USA State of Massachusetts , [Massachusetts-wide] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:33 (05:33 AM) UTC.

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More than 300,000 customers are without electricity in Massachusetts as a massive snowstorm intensifies with gusty winds. By late Friday, NStar had reported 175,000 customers without power and National Grid had more than 140,000. Most of the outages are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 50 mph have been reported. State officials have said about 2,000 utility crews are prepared to respond to storm outages but won’t be able to do so until conditions are safe for them.

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:33 (05:33 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 10:39 UTC
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A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to 400,000 customers in Massachusetts and has shuttered a nuclear power plant. By early Saturday, NStar had reported more than 240,000 customers without power and National Grid had 165,000. Most of the outages are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph have been reported. One of the outages was the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, which shut down after losing off-site power. Authorities say there’s no threat to public safety. State officials have said about 2,000 utility crews are prepared to respond to storm outages but won’t be able to do so until conditions are safe for them.

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:33 (05:33 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 16:57 UTC
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More than 400,000 customers are without power in Massachusetts and people are being asked to continue to stay off the roads as the state digs out from up to 2 feet of snow. The biggest snow totals so far are around Worcester, which got 28 inches. Nearly 22 inches was measured Saturday morning at Logan International Airport, where some flights could resume in the afternoon. Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, says officials will assess later Saturday whether the driving ban imposed by Gov. Deval Patrick needs to stay in place. He says so far it’s been helpful and police only had to rescue about 30 stranded drivers overnight. National Guard troops are now focused on helping people in coastal areas of the state where flooding is a problem during high tide.