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Nor’easter prevails: Storm advisories issued on East Coast

By Sheetal Sukhija, San Diego News
08 Mar 2018, 13:51 GMT+10

MARYLAND, U.S. - The second storm in a week barreled down the Northeast, slamming the East Coast with heavy snow and threatening more outages across the region.

The second nor'easter snarled the region from Maryland to Maine on Wednesday afternoon, affecting commute as heavy snow submerged the area, just days after a deadly winter storm left hundreds of thousands without power.

According to forecasters, 48 million people are facing winter storm advisories on Wednesday from the nor'easter, which has dumped major snowfall across the country since it hit the West Coast late last week.

So far, the storm has caused thousands of flight cancellations and is making roads in major cities, including in Philadelphia, New York and Boston treacherous.

Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel was quoted as saying, “There are going to be more power outages. Travel is going to be a mess. This is going to be a really significant storm.”

The storm last weekend pummeled the I-95 corridor with strong rains and winds.

However, the second storm is set to increase the danger levels due to the snow.

The nor'easter is projected to dump the region with snowfall rates of up to 3 inches an hour, at its peak.

The storm is also expected to intensify over the course and will move northward on Thursday morning.

According to forecasters, the storm track has shifted from original projections and is now set to hit part of the Philadelphia-New York corridor hard.

The corridor is one of the most populated regions in the country. 

New York City is bracing for a projected 6 to 12 inches of snow, and Portland, Maine are set to witness as much as 18 inches.

Over 2,000 flights were scrapped at airports in Philadelphia, New York, Newark, New Jersey, and Boston on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Amtrak canceled many of its trains normally scheduled to run in the corridor between Washington, D.C, and Boston.

Mary Flannery, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia International Airport said in a statement, "Right now the runways are largely clear and we haven't had to plow yet. But a lot can change in a few hours."

Other areas, including the coastal town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, which faced devastating flooding after part of its seawall was demolished by last week's nor'easter are believed to be susceptible - even as repair works on damaged power lines continues.

Duxbury Town Manager Rene Read told reporters late Tuesday, "The level of concern could be put in one word: gravely.”

While floods and strong gusts are not believed to make the region vulnerable by the second nor'easter - worries are high that the heavy, wet snowfall will cause more strains to power lines already weakened from the heavy winds on Friday.

About 100,000 residents across New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts did not have electricity - according to estimates by utility companies.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, “The big problem is that the storm this week is coming so soon after the destructive storm from last Friday. It will disrupt cleanup and restoration operations and is likely to cause a new but less extreme round of travel delays, power outages and damage from falling trees.”

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