Boston drowns in historic 15ft flood of ice water – trapping people in cars and homes – as ‘bomb cyclone’ storm hits Northeast closing schools, cancelling 4,000 flights, closing JFK airport and killing 6

Friday, January 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

The Northeast is currently being battered by a severe winter storm that started early Thursday morning
A rapid plunge in pressure has caused a ‘bomb cyclone’ system of fast heavy snowfall and winds up to 76 mph
Boston experienced historic flooding as floodwaters hovered close to 15.1 foot mark similar to Blizzard of 1978
Three people were killed in North Carolina, one in South Carolina and two in Virginia, officials said
The storm has caused traffic chaos as plows work around-the-clock to try and keep roads clear
More than 5,000 flights in and out of the US today have been cancelled thanks to the storm
All flights in and out of JFK and LaGuardia Airports in New York City have been temporarily suspended
JFK will be closed until 7am Friday morning, but LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International Airports are open
Schools were ordered closed in New York, many parts of New Jersey, Boston and elsewhere in the region
Temperatures are expected to stay well below freezing throughout the weekend, with parts of New England registering temperatures colder than Mars
On Thursday, New York Gov Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for several counties
Meanwhile, Florida, Georgia and SC continue to dig out of the rare winter storm that hit them Wednesday

5 January 2018

Boston experienced historic flooding on Thursday, as a ‘bomb cyclone’ winter storm hit the Northeast, bringing heavy snow, winds and storm surge.

Meteorologists said Boston was unofficially nearing a water level record set during the Blizzard of 1978.

Matt Doody, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, told the Boston Herald that the Weather Service couldn’t ‘officially’ call it a new record, but the water was hovering around the 15.1 foot mark set during the historic storm 40 years ago.

The system is also very similar to a storm that hit the Northeast on the exact same day in 1989, according to the Weather Service.

At least a dozen people have been rescued from flooded homes in Marshfield, and a handful of others were rescued from cars under water in the South Shore region of Massachusetts.

‘It’s up over the roof of cars. It’s up over four feet,’ Deputy Fire Chief Louis Cipullo said of the floodwaters in the area.

Massachusetts Gov Charlie Baker said the flooding resulting from a ‘historic high tide’ led to the deployment of a number of National Guard high-water rescue vehicles to help stranded residents and vehicles.

The nor’easter dumped as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine – causing schools and offices to close and more than 5,000 flights to be cancelled.

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