Winter Weather Advisory

Photos: Bomb cyclone blasts the northeastern US with hurricane-force winds, severe coastal flooding

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
March 04, 2018, 11:51:25 AM EST

A powerful bomb cyclone slammed the northeastern United States on Friday, causing widespread power outages and travel disruptions across the region.

Over 4,000 flights were canceled at airports across the region with more than 2 million electric customers left in the dark, according to

Rail travelers endured severe disruptions, even after the storm departed, as Amtrak suspended service between Washington, D.C., and New York City into Saturday morning due to storm-related power outages.

Some of the worst conditions were experienced from Washington, D.C., through Boston where winds frequently gusted between 60 mph and 90 mph, bringing down trees and power poles, some of which fell across highways or onto buildings.

DC tree

A tree fell on several parked cars on Woodley Road in Washington, D.C. (Photo/@molliezapata)

At least nine fatalities have been reported amid the storm, including an 11-year-old boy who died after a tree fell into a home and a 77-year-old woman who was killed after being hit by a falling tree branch while checking the mail.

The strong, onshore winds have caused significant coastal flooding in New England, particularly around Boston where the tide reached a height of 14.67 feet on Friday. This was the third-highest tide level since record began in 1928, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

WATCH: Boston driver barely make it through high tide floodwaters
What is bombogenesis?
How to survive a power outage in winter
Strengthening nor’easter whips New England with heavy snow and wind

As hurricane-force winds and flooding battered the coast, heavy snow buried parts of New York and Pennsylvania.

Snow totals of 10-20 inches were common from Buffalo to Albany, New York, and into northeastern Pennsylvania. The area hardest-hit by snow was just southwest of Albany where a NWS-trained spotter measured nearly 40 inches of accumulation in Cobleskill.

Snow Danielle's mom

Snow covers a tree downed by the bomb cyclone in Hackettstown, New Jersey, on March 2, 2018. (Image/Denise Knittle).

mass jeep

(Photo/Tewksbury Police)

tree in fairfax VA 3/2/2018

Telephone poles came down on Arsenal Street in Watertown, Massachusetts, Friday March 2, 2018. (Photo/Twitter user @WatertownPD)

AP Northeast storm 2

An uprooted tree blocks a residential street after taking down a power line Friday, March 2, 2018 in Swampscott, Mass. as a major nor'easter pounds the East Coast, packing heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

mt top tree

A tree that fell in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania amid heavy snow and gusty winds. (Photo/Carol Lada)

AP Northeast storm 1

Streets department workers David Boardly, left, and James Ockimey clear a downed tree during a winter storm, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Marple Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Report a Typo


Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News