Reports: Hurricane-force winds whip Northeast, leave over 2 million without power as bomb cyclone strengthens

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
By Jennifer Fabiano, AccuWeather staff writer
March 03, 2018, 12:24:48 AM EST

As of 12:10 a.m. EST Saturday, the reports below are no longer being updated. Click here for a photo recap of the storm.

A powerful bomb cyclone will continue to slam the northeastern United States into Friday night with damaging winds, coastal flooding and heavy snow.

Winds have gusted past 60 mph across many areas from Virginia through Massachusetts, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and over 2 million power outages across the region.

Hurricane-force wind gusts will continue to whip coastal New England into Friday night with gusts potentially topping 90 mph.

The strong onshore winds will lead to significant coastal flooding at high tide on Friday night with water levels approaching all-time record levels in Boston and Nantucket.

Snow will also persist across some of the interior Northeast before tapering off on Saturday morning.

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For storm reports prior to 5:30 a.m. Friday, click here.

10:36 p.m. EST Friday:

Cobleskill, New York has received 39.2 inches of snow with snow still falling, according to a National Weather Service trained spotter. This is the highest snowfall total reported so far from this storm.

9:43 p.m. EST Friday:

Conditions will deteriorate along the coast of New England in the coming hours as high tide approaches. People near the coast should avoid floodwaters and listen to local officials. High tide in Boston will occur at 11:46 p.m. EST.

8:56 p.m. EST Friday:

The entire town of Scituate, Massachusetts is without power, according to officials. Scituate is located southeast of Boston along the coast.

The number of power outages across the region continues to rise with nearly 2.5 million customers experiencing an outage.

Water levels along the coast of New England are beginning to rise and will continue to rise over the next few hours as high tide approaches.

8:45 p.m. EST Friday:

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland in response to the damaging nor'easter that has impacted the region.

Travel conditions may remain poor in Maryland through Saturday as crews work to clean up after the worst of the storm has passed.

7:20 p.m. EST Friday:

Boston has recorded one of its highest wind gust so far today with winds reaching 61 mph. Stronger winds have been recorded south and east of the city with Nantucket clocking a wind speed of 89 mph.

Power outages across the Northeast have climbed to over 2 million and may continue to rise into Friday night as strong winds persist across the region.

DC tree

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

6:00 p.m. EST Friday:

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in response to the severe weather impacting the state. This will help Virginia mitigate any damage caused by the storm.

5:12 p.m. EST Friday:

Amtrak has canceled all service across the Northeast Corridor until Saturday due to hazardous weather conditions.

5:03 p.m. EST Friday:

There are 160,485 customers without power in Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

MEMA map

4:20 p.m. EST Friday:

Powerful winds caused six barges to break loose from the new Tappan Zee Bridge project, according to the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department. The barges were floating loose along the Hudson River off of Irvington.

One barge, last seen near the Yonkers Sewer Treatment Plant, is now fully submerged. Two were found near Alpine, New Jersey. The rest remain unaccounted for.

4:11 p.m. EST Friday:

One person was injured on East Street in Tewksbury, Massachusetts after a tree fell on a vehicle. The road has been closed and the person was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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(Photo/Tewksbury Police)

3:30 p.m. EST Friday:

There have been reports of a school bus and multiple cars stuck just off the roadway in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

3:00 p.m. EST Friday:

A 6-year-old boy died after sustaining serious injuries when a tree, knocked over by strong winds, fell on his mobile home earlier today in Chester, Virginia.

2:05 p.m. EST Friday:

A flood warning is in effect for Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, where a total of 1 inch is expected to fall, according to Boston NWS. Coastal flooding will continue through the night and is expected to worsen later tonight.

1:37 p.m. EST Friday:

The Baltimore County Police Department reported the death of a 77-year-old woman who was struck by a falling tree branch.

Damaging winds have been threatening trees and power lines throughout the day across the Northeast, including at one home that was crushed by a tree in Kensington, Maryland.

1:22 p.m. EST Friday:

Travel disruptions continue across the northeast. All arrival and departure flights at LaGuardia Airport have been suspended until further notice due to heavy winds.

One flight descending into Dulles International Airport at around 7:38 a.m. experienced "very bumpy" conditions on its descent. "Pretty much every one on the plane threw up. Pilots were on the verge of throwing up," according to one pilot's report.

1:11 p.m. EST Friday:

The nor'easter continues to wreak havoc on travel. The FAA tower at Dulles International Airport was evacuated for a short time due to high winds, but officials have since returned to the tower. A ground stop was also instituted at Dulles.

In addition, Amtrak has temporarily suspended service to the entire Northeast Corridor.

12:30 p.m. EST Friday:

A flood advisory is in effect for portions of Southern New England where excessive rain is leading to urban and poor-drainage flooding. Boston reached its third highest tide in history at 14.67 feet, according to Boston NWS.

11:51 a.m. EST Friday:

A tractor trailer has overturned on the eastbound portion Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Travel is restricted to one lane in each direction and closed to high-profile vehicles, according to the Rhode Island State Police.

11:38 a.m. EST Friday:

There have been 372 reports of wind damage in the East today, according to NWS Spotter.

Strong winds took down telephone poles, causing hazards and travel detours and Watertown, Massachusetts.

11:23 a.m. EST Friday:

Excessive winds overturned two tractor trailers on Interstate 95 Tydings Bridge, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Tydings and US Route 40 Hatem bridges have been closed due to wind. Northbound I-95 traffic is being detoured at Maryland Route 155 and southbound traffic at Maryland Route 222.

Tractor trailer

11:07 a.m. EST Friday:

Tides are now 2.7 feet above normal in Boston and there are reports of flooding, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Along the north side of New York City, tides are about 2.5 feet above normal.

There are blowout tides at Baltimore Inner Harbor where the tide is about 1 foot below average. Water is being pushed out of the harbor and to the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay, according to Sosnowski.

10:44 a.m. EST Friday:

Rainy conditions are making travel more difficult across the Northeast. AccuWeather Reporter Jonathan Petramala shows the conditions at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) this morning.

10:05 a.m. EST Friday:

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8:54 a.m. EST Friday:

The speed limit on Interstate 90 in Massachusetts has been reduced due to poor weather conditions.

Traffic conditions are also worsening on I-81 near Scranton, Pennsylvania.

8:21 a.m. EST Friday:

Based on a 24-hour pressure change from 29.87 inches to 29.16 inches, the powerful storm slamming the Northeast has officially undergone bombogenesis, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Strong winds from the bomb cyclone have downed a massive tree at the University of Maryland's campus in College Park.

There have been at least 70 reports of downed trees and power lines due to wind damage in Virginia and Maryland, with most occurring in the Washington, D.C., area, according to NWS spotters.

There were 64 reports of wind-damaged trees and power lines in Massachusetts Friday morning, mainly around Boston.

Tree smashes truck in Fairfax, VA - 3-2-2018

Strong winds knocked a tree into a truck parked at an apartment complex in Fairfax, Virginia, just southwest of Washington, D.C. (Twitter photo/@lorenkaho)

Government offices in D.C. have closed due to the severe weather. At least 435,000 customers are now without power as a result of the bomb cyclone.

8:07 a.m. EST Friday:

Residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, are being impacted by power cuts, which have prompted Charlottesville City Schools to operate on a two-hour delay. Some schools in the area are also closed.

7:20 a.m. EST Friday:

Power outages continue to mount in Maryland, where more than 64,000 Maryland Utilities customers are now without power.

Wintry conditions are causing travel disruptions in Pennsylvania, where some highways, including I-90, are experiencing lane closures.

Drivers in New York are also dealing with slick travel conditions. New York State Police warned on Twitter that although roads may appear to be clear, travelers should exercise caution as roads may be slippery.

Rising floodwaters from Jamaica Bay are beginning to cover some streets in parts of Queens, New York.

7:01 a.m. EST Friday:

Heavy snow continues to fall across western New York as more than 18 inches of snow are being reported in East Aurora, New York, about 20 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Record-breaking snowfall has been reported in Buffalo, with 8.4 inches of snow observed at the airport thus far. This tops the previous record for this date, which was 6.5 inches of snowfall in 1914.

snowfall 3/2/2018

5:30 a.m. EST Friday:

All MARC Train Service has been suspended in Maryland as high winds have caused trees to fall on tracks.

At least seven counties in the state have announced school closings on Friday. Numerous counties in Virginia have also announced school closings due to the storm.

All federal offices in the Washington, D.C., metro area are also closed.

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