After the "cyclone of the bomb" of January, the east coast of the USA. UU Once again it is being hit by a particularly bad storm that is bringing strong winds and possibly record floods. The National Meteorological Service has called the nor "easter" a situation of LIFE AND DEATH "in a tweet.
"In certain aspects, this is bad," says Marc Chenard, meteorologist at the Weather Prediction Center. "The intensity of this system is up to the maximum that one would expect."
This nor-easter is worse than others because it is intensifying rapidly near the coast. At this time, a low-pressure area is becoming stronger in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "He's sitting there," Chenard tells The Verge. The storm will extend into that area until the afternoon and then begin to move eastward, he says. Often, these storms intensify rapidly more on the high seas, but not in this case.
Sometimes you have to step back to appreciate the power and beauty of the atmosphere. This storm that is evolving today is incredible. pic.twitter.com/NZq9pQrSTH- John Homenuk (@jhomenuk) March 2, 2018
As a result, the east coast of Massachusetts could see floods that are "close to record levels," says Chenard. That's also because the storm is happening at the same time as the full moon when the tides are high. The easter is going to impact three high tide cycles: one in the next two hours, one this afternoon and one tomorrow morning, adding an extra four to five feet of water in certain areas, says Chenard.
"There are only three different periods of potential flooding when the tides would already be normally high," he says.
In addition to floods, the danger comes from the wind. Strong and long-lasting winds will affect almost the entire east coast, from North Carolina to New England. Wind gusts up to 60 to 70 miles per hour are already hitting the DC area, eastern Massachusetts and southern New England, says Chenard. The wind is expected to tear down trees and power lines, causing power outages. At the same time, heavy snowfalls will affect only inland states, such as northern Pennsylvania and New York.
The worst easter impacts will be today and tonight, says Chenard, but strong winds are expected to continue until Saturday. By Sunday, the storm will have moved off the coast enough to stop being a problem.