BOSTON – A major winter storm continues to hammer parts of the northeast with snow, strong winds and severe flooding.
The storm system halted travel and dumped more than a foot of snow from New York to Maine.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power.
The so-called ‘bomb cyclone’ battered the East Coast with blizzard conditions and brought historic flooding to Boston, Massachusetts and other coastal areas in New England.
“This is the first time that we’ve actually seen it up to this level. It’s actually in my driveway now.”
Firefighters helped rescue trapped drivers while nearly 500 National Guard members were called in to assist with flood emergencies.
“There was like cars outside almost completely under water and there was water coming in the back door.”
This team was dispatched to Marshfield, Massachusetts, to save a family as flood waters came in through their back door:
“It was scary and I wanted to get out … He put me over his shoulders and put me in the car.”
While the snow may be tapering off here in Boston, many areas along the East Coast are not out of the woods yet. Hurricane force winds are expected to stick around and a blast of arctic air is moving in.
“The temperatures are forecasted to drop quickly posing a threat for flash freezes. Everyone needs to stay off the roads overnight if they can,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said.
Plow operators from the Carolinas to Maine are trying to clear the snow before the record-breaking big chill.
“It’s kind of tricky. You just have to go slow.”
Travelers impacted by the cancellations of about 5,000 flights remain in limbo.
“We’re delayed and we’re not sure if we’re going to be flying out here anytime soon.”
Hundreds of flights on Friday are already canceled.
The winter weather around the country this week is blamed for at least 15 deaths.