Six people, including two children, have been killed in the United States during a fierce winter storm authorities say they will “never forget”.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Boston warned the weather event was a “life and death” situation for people living along the coast.
Hurricane-force winds lashed the Massachusetts capital and nearby communities, where storm surges and high tides sent seawater into the streets — the second time the area has been flooded this year.
Forecasters said the system had moved away from the region on Saturday (local time) but would continue to lash the coast with damaging winds, hampering power restoration efforts and causing additional flooding
On Friday a six-year-old boy in Virginia and an 11-year-old boy in New York state were killed after winds brought down trees onto their homes.
Two men and a 77-year-old woman were also struck and killed by trees in separate incidents across the region.
- Five dead, including 6yo and 11yo boys
- 2.4 million homes and businesses without power in north-east, mid-west
- Coastal communities warned storm “life and death” situation
Here's a look from from satellite of the #noreaster churning off the East Coast. There have bee several reports of motorists becoming stranded as they attempt to drive through flooded coastal roadways.
Remember: TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! https://t.co/TyS77CIAW7 pic.twitter.com/M9cfWsAWG5
— NWS (@NWS) March 2, 2018
In the Massachusetts city of Quincy floodwaters submerged cars and police rescued people trapped in their vehicles.
High waves battered the nearby town of Scituate, making roads impassable and turning parking lots into small ponds.
And the Boston Globe reported more than 1,800 people told Scituate officials they had evacuated.
The NWS said the weather event would be a storm “we will never forget”.
Millions without power, flights cancelled
Almost 2.4 million homes and businesses were left without power in the north-east and mid-west, with some utility companies warning customers they could be left in the dark until Sunday.
Airlines cancelled more than 2,800 flights, mostly in the north-east.
LaGuardia and Kennedy airports in New York City were brought to a near standstill.
The NWS in Baltimore said Dulles Airport outside Washington had reported gusts over 80 kilometres per hour for more than 12 straight hours.
“This is a rare occurence,” it said on Twitter.
A Southwest Airlines aeroplane was captured on video struggling mid-air at Reagan National Airport, swaying side to side in the strong winds before aborting the landing.
Another flight landing at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on Friday experienced turbulence so rough that most passengers became sick and the pilots were on the verge of becoming ill.
“Pretty much everyone on the plane threw up,” a pilot wrote in a report.
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) March 2, 2018
Avalanche in California
Five people were caught in an avalanche that hit Friday at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in California.
Two people were injured, one seriously. Three others escaped without being hurt.
It came a one day after a snowboarder died there during a blizzard as a winter storm rolled through the state.
The storm that steamrolled through the Sierra Nevada still threatened rain and snow Saturday in Southern California, a few hundred miles away.
The National Weather Service said mountains in Ventura and Los Angeles counties could see up to a foot of new snow at higher elevations.