Snowmageddon Hits Northeast … Nemo Dumps Near Record Snow Amounts in Boston … More Than 3 Ft of Snow in CT … 650,000 Without Power .. Record Snowfall in Portland, ME … Sea Walls Threatened in NH
Yesterday Nemo blasted New York and New Jersey, overnight it set its force upon the Northeast.
NEMOGEDDON … The massive snow storm with hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions has hit the Northeast overnight. Nemo has left more than 650,000 homes and businesses without power and has made many roads impassable as New Englanders are waking up to two and three feet of snow and snow drifts up to six or even feet. Coastal areas are also dealing with potential flooding. There are travel bans in Connecticut Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. Travel bans have also been called for on Long Island, NY. Thousands of flights have been canceled between Logan International in Boston, MA, Bradley International in Hartford, CT, JFK International and LaGuardia in NY and Newark International in NJ. Some have wondered whether this storm could top Boston’s all-time single-storm snowfall record of 27.6 inches, set in 2003. I remember that one very well.
More than 38 inches of snow fell in Milford in central Connecticut, and an 82-mph wind gust was recorded in nearby Westport. Areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched at least 2 feet – with more falling. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and the three major airports serving New York City as well as Boston’s Logan Airport closed.
Flooding was also a concern along the coast, and the possibility led to the evacuation of two neighborhoods in Quincy, Mass., said Fire Deputy Gary Smith. But it did not appear to create major problems in New York and New Jersey, states hit hardest during last October’s Superstorm Sandy.
Near record snow falls hit Boston, MA and it’s still snowing.
As of 7 a.m., Boston’s official snow total was 21.8”. This would rank as the 6th highest snowstorm in Boston’s recorded history (well over 100 years). With an additional 3-6” possible Saturday morning we could very easily approach the all-time snowfall record of 27.5” set back in the President’s Day storm of 2003.
UPDATE I: 5 deaths blamed on powerful snow storm that drops 2 feet of snow in Northeast
A 74-year-old man in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., died after he was struck by a car on a snowy street. The driver, 18, said she lost control of the car due to the snow. One pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed Friday night in Prospect, Conn., state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said. In southern Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shoveling her driveway and two men were killed in car crashes.
UPDATE II: MAINE: Record snow fall for Portland, ME. Thanks to Winter storm Nemo and that record snow fall in Maine, As ‘Bert and I’ famously stated in their Downeast story telling … “You can’t get they-ah from hee-ah.”
Portland recorded a record snowfall for a single storm as snow and wind continued to batter the city and most of southern and central Maine.
The National Weather Service in Gray reports the city had received 29.3 inches of snow at the jetport by 8 a.m. The previous record of 27.1 inches was recorded in Portland on Jan. 17 and 19, 1979.
Other snow totals as of 8 a.m. include: 28 inches in south Windham; 23.5 inches in Lewiston; 26.1 inches in Gorham; and 26 inches in Kennebunk, according to the weather service.
“Right now we’re seeing significant snowfall occurring along the coast from Augusta down through the Portland area. This will continue for a couple hours before it starts to weaken and move east,” Chris Legro of the National Weather Service in Gray said shortly after 6 a.m.
Legro said 24.7 inches of snow had fallen in Kennebunk by 6 a.m. Portand had 12.3 inches by 12:30 a.m. Portland is experiencing wind gusts of around 50 mph and visibility of less than a quarter-mile.
UPDATE III: NEW HAMPSHIRE - Nemo pounds the Granite state and the seas are pounding the NH shoreline. The state of NH at 10:15 a.m. today closed Route 1A (Ocean Boulevard) from the Hampton town line to the Rye town line. A state of emergency has been declared in NH.
The waves are crashing over the sea walls in Rye, NH. Thus the reason why Rt. 1A has been closed to all traffic, except emergency vehicles.
Downtown Portsmouth, NH looks quite different this morning than a usual Saturday morning.
UPDATE IV: CONNECTICUT - The state of Connecticut has been basically paralyzed by winter storm Nemo. Parts of the state have been fit with 2 feet of snow, others areas up to 3 feet. There have been two Storm-Related deaths reported; roads are closed across Connecticut as snowfall totals near 3 feet in some towns.
Connecticut residents woke to a world of white on Saturday after a blizzard dumped up to 3 feet of snow across southern New England, burying abandoned cars, stranding travelers and leaving roads impassable. Two storm-related deaths have been reported.
An 88-year-old woman who was using a snowblower in Prospect was struck by a car that didn’t stop, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said during an 11 a.m. press briefing.
And in Danbury, a 73-year-old man died Saturday morning after being found in his driveway, police said.
The governor said the travel ban he put in place at 5 a.m. will continue until further notice.
Hartford, CT has been completely shut down following Nemo. There has been a vehicle ban on all cars except for emergency vehicles.
UPDATE V: U.S. Postal Service suspends mail delivery in New England due to blizzard … Post offices in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island will remain closed Saturday.
Sandy ready to unleash her fury …
The East Coast and North East braces for Hurricane Sandy. It is being called the storm of the century, the Perfect Storm, Part II. Some areas are going to get huge wave surges, some massive amounts of rain, other 100 mile an hours gusts of wind and other areas snow accumulations in the feet. Some 50 million people are supposed to be affected by Sandy and 10′s of thousands of people have been evacuated.
Tens of thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate coastal areas Sunday as big cities and small towns across the eastern U.S. buttoned up against the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.
For all those in harms way, please be safe, our prayers are with you.
Satellite loop – if this does not look ominous, I am not sure what does
Winds of 25 to 45 mph with gusts of 65+ mph along the immediate coast will continue. A storm surge of 4 to 6 feet above ground level is expected in eastern North Carolina if peak surge occurs at high tide. Bands of heavy rain on the outer periphery of the circulation will continue to wrap into the eastern North Carolina. Hatteras, N.C., reported 5.29 inches of rain as of 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Millions prepare for Hurricane Sandy – President declares state of emergency for New York and Massachusetts.
As Hurricane Sandy stayed on track to barrel the East Coast, states of emergency were declared from North Carolina to Connecticut, with residents being evacuated, schools and transit systems shut and food and supplies flying off store shelves in a sure sign people were preparing for the worst.
Sandy was at Category 1 strength, packing 75 mph winds, about 270 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and moving northeast at 14 mph as of 2 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was about 575 miles south of New York City.
The Hurricane is on path to meet a winter storm and a cold front, plus high tides from a full moon, and experts said the rare hybrid storm that results could cause havoc through 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.
Much, much more at Weather Underground.
Flight Delay Information – Northeastern States
- According to his Tweet, he’s upset the GOP Convention is spared Isaac and that New Orleans will likely get the brunt of the storm
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Download
US National Hurricane Center Issues Hurricane Warnings From Louisiana to Florida Panhandle.
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Tropical Storm ISAAC Public Advisory
Tropical Storm Isaac about to become a hurricane as it crosses the Florida Keys and enters the Gulf of Mexico. As reported at ABC News, Isaac is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast by Tuesday or Wednesday, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. However, Isaac does not appear to be as powerful as the devastating Katrina that reeked havoc on New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Isaac has made the planner of the Republican National Convention cancel the first day of the event on Monday.
Tropical Storm Isaac barely stirred some Florida Keys residents from their fabled nonchalance Sunday, while the Gulf Coast braced for the possibility that the sprawling storm will strengthen into a dangerous hurricane by the time it makes landfall there.
Isaac was expected to cross the Keys by late afternoon, then turn northwest and strike as a Category 2 hurricane somewhere between the New Orleans area to the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The storm was predicted to pass west of Tampa, the site of the Republican National Convention, but it had already disrupted the schedule there because of the likelihood of heavy rain and strong winds.
Even before reaching hurricane strength, Isaac caused considerable inconvenience, with hundreds of flights canceled at airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. There were scattered power outages from Key West to Fort Lauderdale affecting more than 6,000 customers, and flooding occurred in low-lying areas.
Florida Governor Scott Brown says that Florida is preparing for Isaac. The Florida Keys are going to be hot with tropical force wind and rain. Brown stated that he has canceled his plans to attend the Republican National Convention on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to deal with issues for the state of Florida and the potential for Isaac to turn into a hurricane.
Life Threatening Tornado Outbreak Across Mid-West & Plains … Storm Hits Iowa Hospital; Tornado Warning for Wichita, KS (UPDATE: 5 Dead in OK)
According to AccuWeather.com, a life-threatening situation will continue into tonight across the central and southern Plains as tornadic-thunderstorms strike the region. Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams stated, “The risk is about as high as it gets.” Please take these warnings seriously and take shelter if you are in the areas of this sever weather.
National Weather Service “dangerous situation” and “life threatening situation” continues across the Plains and Mid-West.
A possible tornado struck a hospital Saturday evening in Creston, Iowa, according to a dispatcher with the Union County Sheriff’s Department. A search-and-rescue operation was under way.
“We have been hit. We are triaging and moving patients,” a spokeswoman at Greater Regional Medical Center in the south-central Iowa city confirmed.
Severe Weather and Flash Flood Warnings for NE, TX, IA, KS
UPDATE I: From the Des Moines Register: Creston hospital being evacuated after storm; 22,000 lack power in central Iowa
UPDATE II: 5 dead, 29 injured in Oklahoma.
Tornadoes raking communities across the Midwest and Plains left five people dead and at least 29 injured in Oklahoma, damaging a hospital, homes and other buildings as a vast severe weather front plunged eastward Sunday across the nation’s midsection.
Oklahoma emergency officials said five people died after a tornado touched down at 12:18 a.m. Sunday in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward, the high winds damaging homes, toppling trees …
Death and Destruction in the Heartland After Tornodoes Rip through the Mid-West & South (Update: 31 Dead)
Tornadoes, twisters, hail and sever lighting and thunder storms ripped through the Mid-West and the South Friday leaving devastation and many dead it its wake. For those who witnessed the tornadoes and severe storms first hand, if you did not see the 80 to 90 tornadoes that touched down, you witnessed golf ball size hail that fell so fast that it accumulated like snow on the ground. To date, 14 people were killed in Indiana, 12 died in Kentucky and two people were killed in Ohio. The property damage spanned from the Midwest to the gulf coast. Out prayers go out to those affected by these terrible storms.
A swarm of tornadoes tore through the U.S. midsection on Friday, splintering homes, damaging a prison, overturning trucks and killing at least four people in the hard-hit state of Indiana, officials said.
At least one person died in the southern Indiana town of Henryville, where television images showed homes blown apart and vehicles including a school bus thrown into buildings. Three others died elsewhere in the state.
The town of Marysville, IN, population about 1,900, was “completely gone” and nearby Henryville also suffered extreme damage.
UPDATE I: 31 people confirmed dead after the severe weather … 31 victims, 15 were in Indiana, 12 in Kentucky, three in Ohio and one in Alabama.
The tornado outbreak, unusual for this time of year, killed at least 31 people. Saturday began with large swaths of the South still battered by heavy rain and under tornado watches — and a real fear of the death toll rising.
Of the 31 victims, 15 were in Indiana, 12 in Kentucky, three in Ohio and one in Alabama.
Piles of debris littered land where well-built homes once stood. Tall trees bowed to the winds and lay horizontal with the land. Churches turned into shelters and thousands of people began a weekend unnerved bynature’s fury.
Golf ball sized hail in Tennessee
- 12 weather related climate disasters in 2011
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HEY AL GORE, DON’T LOOK NOW BUT THE NORTHEAST JUST GOT HIT WITH RECORD OCTOBER SNOW … GLOBAL WARMING?
As kids got their Halloween costumes ready for some Trick or Treating, a funny and historic thing happened in the Northeast on Saturday, record snow fell. Pumpkins have been replaced by record snow amounts as Central Park in NYC saw its largest accumulation of snow since 1869. According to reports, about 2.3 million customers from Pennsylvania reaching up into New England are without electricity and may not be restored for days.
A historic October snowstorm is still crushing New England with heavy snow and howling winds before cruising away into Atlantic Canada.
Snow amounts have already topped two feet across portions of New England, while record-shattering snow hammered the major Northeast cities from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to New York City and Hartford, Ct.
An additional 3-6 inches of snow will thump across portions of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, as the potent nor’easter races along. Heavy snow rates of 1-2 inches an hour will be found in this zone with thunder snow a possibility. Bangor, Maine, is included in this zone.
Check out the incredible snow amounts that fell across the Northeast that shattered October records.
--Bristol: 17.0 inches
–East Farmington Heights: 13.0 inches
–Manchester: 9.0 inches
--Hillsboro: 21.5 inches
--Peterborough: 24.0 inches
–Jaffrey: 31.4 inches
--Bridgton: 17.5 inches
–Gray: 12.9 inches
–Otisfield: 14.0 inches
–Plainfield: 30.8 inches
–Ashfield: 25.5 inches
–Worthington: 24.0 inches
–Goshen: 25.0 inches
–Harriman: 16.0 inches
–Armonk: 12.5 inches
–Yankee Lake: 16.5 inches
–White Plains: 7.5 inches
–Yonkers: 7.0 inches
–Laurel Summit: 12.2 inches
–Freeland: 13.0 inches
–Mount Cobb: 12.7 inches
–Hazelton: 16.0 inches
–West Milford: 19.0 inches
–North Caldwell: 12.0 inches
–Ringwood: 10.5 inches
UPDATE I: Instupundent asks whether Al Gore is in Jersey, they just declared a snow emergency.
Oh the dangers of live TV. It wasn’t just North Carolina citizens that were blown away by Hurricane Irene, but weather Channel execs after this little streaking incident during Live coverage.
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit (content warning)
And they thought all they had to worry about was an embarrassing moment like Geralda Rivera getting knocked over by a wave during hurricane coverage in Galveston, TX.
Brian in a Blue State
Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered an evacuation by 5 p.m. Saturday for low-lying areas that house about 270,000 people. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said subways, buses and commuter trains in the city, on Long Island and in the northern suburbs will begin their final runs around noon Saturday.
Some 65 million people along the U.S. East Coast are bracing for the wrath of Irene, which is expected to be the strongest hurricane to strike the East Coast in seven years and one that could inflict billions in damages in an arc from Washington to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
From the National Hurricane Center:
Family Disaster Plan
Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
Check your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
To all our readers in the path of this storm, please be prepared and stay safe!