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Northeast getting slammed with heavy rain, snow from nor'easter

Northeast getting slammed with heavy rain, snow from nor'easter

However, parts of the Sierra Nevada remain under a blizzard warning, with gusts up to 125 miles per hour expected, according to the NWS.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker activated 200 National Guard members.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has urged residents along the coast to come up with evacuation plans before high tide on Friday.

"The winds are going to keep on increasing and the seas are going to go higher and higher for the next three high tide cycles", said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Enjoy Thursday, because this calm weather won't last: A stubborn coastal storm will blow into CT late Thursday and won't end until Saturday, bringing strong wind, rain and snow, the National Weather Service said. More than 1.2 million homes worth more than $468 billion are at risk from coastal flooding in 11 states from ME to Virginia, according to the Insurance Information Institute in NY.

The National Weather Service said winds are expected to increase drastically during the day, peaking in Friday afternoon.

Another "bomb cyclone" is expected.

Michelle Shaffer, 45, of the coastal MA town of Hull, lost her appliances beneath 5 feet of water during the last big storm.

The storm has strengthened rapidly, undergoing what's known as bombogenesis or "bombing out", when a low-pressure system drops 24 millibars in 24 hours. That "bomb cyclone" created a record high tide of 15.16 feet - besting the tides of the Blizzard of '78 and sending heavy, car-swamping floods through the North End and Seaport - and today's storm is expected to create even higher tides. Areas along eastern Long Island and eastern MA could get 4 to 5 inches of rain from Thursday evening through Saturday.

Northeast getting slammed with heavy rain, snow from nor'easter

- About 1 in 4 Americans will feel the effects from this storm.

A tree is blown over as the region experiences high winds, March 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Winds will be so ferocious that the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey is securing cranes at a LaGuardia Airport construction project.

High winds will begin starting early Friday morning, and will be at their strongest from approximately midday Friday through Fridaynight.

Chris Walker, a spokesman for Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, said officials were asking several thousand residents whose homes flooded in January to evacuate, and warning that Quincy's two peninsulas could be entirely cut off from the mainland due to flooding.

"Strong gusty winds will continue with sustained winds of 20 mph to 30 mph and gusts 40 mph to 50 mph possible", Cuomo, the governor, said. The biggest threats there are hurricane-force wind gusts and flooding, Jones said.

The heaviest snow will fall in western NY, into northern Pennsylvania and into western MA, where some areas could see 1 to 2 feet. For a few hours it will snow heavily but not for everyone-best chance will be the farther from the coastline you are.

Strong winds will affect several states, from SC to Maine.

Any snow that falls will be heavy and wet, likely to bring down trees and power lines, and cause power outages. "Snow will turn dryer and lighter and combined with strong winds, will cause risky conditions making driving extremely hazardous from blowing and drifting snow".

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