More than 120,000 people were left without power this Saturday due to winter storm Nor’easter, which is hitting the east coast of the United States and causing the cancellation of more than 3,500 flights in the North American country.
“Hold on for 24 hours and sometime tomorrow you can go out and resume some of your normal activities,” Tom Guthlein, acting director of emergency management for Rhode Island, advised the public on Saturday to CNN.
In addition to the 120,000 people who lost power due to the winter storm on the east coast, there have been isolated power outages in other northeastern states like New York, where more than 600 people have lost power.
Wind gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour were recorded in parts of the New England region, and heavy snowfall was also reported from Rhode Island to North Carolina. In the city of Bayville, New Jersey, the storm left 48 inches of snow, a record similar to that in New York.
The winter storm has caused states of emergency to be declared in several states, including Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.
These weather conditions are expected to continue as the storm moves across Maine, with snow depths estimated at 1.1 to 1.5 centimeters per hour in some areas, particularly along the coast and in eastern Maine, and the Storm will dissipate later in the day as reported by CNN.
Nearly 19 million people were under winter weather surveillance Saturday night in six states, from southern New York to Maine, including New York City and Boston.
Blizzard conditions are possible from eastern Massachusetts to eastern Maine through early Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
More than 3,500 flights have been canceled in the United States since 9 a.m. local time this Saturday, with East Coast cities hardest hit, according to FlightAware.
The storm has prompted widespread flight cancellations, and New York’s LaGuardia Airport has announced that 98 percent of flights scheduled for this Saturday have been cancelled.
For its part, New York’s JFK International Airport has canceled 80 percent of flights, while neighboring Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey has canceled 90 percent.
Likewise, Boston’s Logan International Airport has canceled 91 percent of all flights, according to Tracker FlightAware.
The storm will affect 75 million people this Sunday from the Southeast into New England, where it will experience dangerously heavy snowfall and winds approaching hurricane intensity, according to CNN.
“This storm is likely to strengthen at a rate and intensity consistent with the strongest hurricanes, so the high potential of this storm should not be underestimated,” warned CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.