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Nor'easter to wallop Atlantic coast

Nor'easter to wallop Atlantic coast

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows a powerful nor'easter winter storm moving up the USA eastern seaboard on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

A bombogenesis describes a rapidly developing storm that results from a drop in atmospheric pressure of at least 24 millibars. "It continues to strengthen".

State politicians are warning constituents to take the storm seriously, with Massachusetts Gov Charlie Baker announcing that he was mobilising 200 National Guard members to help with the storm's fallout, according to the Associated Press. "This storm is going to be worse because it's going over three high tides", she said.

Seawater poured onto coastal streets in Boston where businesses were surrounded with flood barriers and sandbags, and waves pounded homes along Massachusetts's shore as a storm packing heavy winds hit the US East Coast from ME to Virginia. Winds will be out of the northwest at 25-30 miles per hour, with gusts in up to 60 miles per hour. Boston is anticipating flooding downtown as the tide peaks around midday, reports Tina Martin of WGBH.

Flight tracking services say the storm has already caused airports to cancel many flights for Friday.

People across the region skipped work Friday to hunker down.

Winds are going to be quite strong along the coastline, especially over Cape Cod and the Islands where it's highly likely we will see hurricane force winds.

The storm is expected to last for a few days as it will be slow moving.

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The storm has the potential to produce a drenching, flooding rainfall for a good portion of southern New England, where late Friday morning through Friday evening, the rain will come down in torrents. We encourage people in the said areas stay indoors, stay warm, and get all of your errands out of the way today!

For those of you who have homes on the water, this will likely be a high impact storm. MA emergency officials said tides "will be astronomically high" in the next few days. Dubbed a "bomb cyclone", the catchphrase was coined earlier this year as a nickname for another nor'easter back in early January.

The storm knocked out power to 700,000 residences and businesses from MI to North Carolina. Areas along eastern Long Island and eastern MA could get 4 to 5 inches of rain from Thursday evening through Saturday.

The National Weather Service says Buffalo had received more than 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow by 7 a.m. Friday, a record for March 2.

All the precipitation will be ending between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. across the region and by the time you awake tomorrow morning just cloudy skies and breezy conditions will be left.

High winds and flood watches have been issued around New Jersey.

The company said was is coordinating its preparations with the Maine Emergency Management Agency.

And the winds in eastern MA will be ferocious.