The nor'easter hammering the East Coast could become a 'bomb cyclone'

A deadly storm hammered the Northeast with relentless rain snow and powerful winds. Seen here is flooding in Scituate Massachusetts

A deadly storm hammered the Northeast with relentless rain snow and powerful winds. Seen here is flooding in Scituate Massachusetts

Woodman's of Essex, which saw serious flooding when storm surge overtook the Causeway in the January, is closed today to prepare for Friday and Saturday, when it also will be closed.

An American Airlines spokesman says the company has canceled 18 percent of its flights in the Northeast, with Boston's Logan Airport and Reagan Washington National Airport the hardest hit. The Office of Personnel Management announced it would close all federal offices in the D.C. area for the day, while the Smithsonian museums also closed.

The National Weather Service said on Twitter that while the noontime high tide reached 14.67 feet Friday, the high tide just before midnight is expected to crest at 14.9 feet.

A street floods as a large coastal storm slams Scituate, Mass., on Friday.

Private forecasting service AccuWeather said the storm dumped as much as 18 inches (46 cm) of snow on parts of NY state and Pennsylvania.

On the ground, highways across the Northeast were clogged with tractor trailers and buses, which were prohibited from crossing some of the region's massive bridges due to the treacherous winds.

A 77-year-old woman died in Kingsville, Maryland; an 11-year-old boy in Putnam County, New York; a 44-year-old man in James City County, Virginia; a juvenile in Chesterfield County, Virginia; and a Newport, Rhode Island, man who was in his 70s.

Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. -based travelers should check directly with their airline about flight cancelations.

In Boston, high wind warnings are in effect from Friday to Saturday morning, when winds could whip up to 65 miles per hour.

The Tennessean reported early Friday morning that some two dozen flights in and out of Nashville's worldwide airport had been canceled because of the bad weather up north.

The pilot wrote in a report to the National Weather Service: "Very bumpy on descent".

"If you don't have to drive don't", she said at a news conference. Amtrack train services from DC to Boston were suspended, and Dulles Airport in Virginia halted all air traffic after high winds forced them to evacuate the control tower.

Flood levels are forecast for all-time records because of the recent full moon. Some coastal communities have been ordered to evacuate, with nearby homes expected to receive extensive damage. Service between NY and Washington, D.C., remained spotty Saturday morning, according to the passenger rail company.

Like the nor'easter in January, this storm could undergo bombogenesis - or become a "bomb cyclone" - by dropping at least 24 millibars of atmospheric pressure in 24 hours.

In Boston, high wind warnings are in effect from Friday to Saturday morning.

Upstate New York got as much as three feet of snow, and Boston and Rhode Island were expected to get 2 to 5 inches. He issued a travel advisory for all areas north of New York City "so plows, utility crews and first responders are able to do their jobs". High tide in Portland is 11:07 a.m. and sections of the commercial waterfront and Marginal Way are expected to be submerged shortly after the morning rush hour.

As he and the governor spoke, the number of power outages kept rising.

More than 700,000 homes and businesses were without power across the region, with the largest number of outages in NY, utilities said.

In Boston, the National Weather Service warned of a "very risky situation" along the eastern MA coastline, including Boston, with "wind, wave, surf action on top of tides, 4 foot storm surge".

Storm-driven waves are breaching sea walls in MA where the nor'easter is hitting hardest.

"The snow is pretty wet and heavy".

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