Nor'easter cancels flights; Virginia declares emergency

Scituate Massachusetts has been slammed by floodwaters from a nor'easter raking the East Coast on Friday

A major nor'easter pounded the East Coast on Friday, packing heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds as residents from the mid-Atlantic to ME braced for coastal flooding.

Trains already en route will continue to Washington, New York City and Boston and hold. In Watertown just west of Boston, police say eight utility poles were knocked over, blocking a major artery through town.

The amount of snow you get depends on where you live. Meanwhile four to six feet of snow is expected in Northern California's mountains.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was closed to all traffic Friday morning.

A plane trying to land at D.C.'s Reagan National airport was forced to abort the landing due to high winds (above), while another at the same airport was blown astray during take-off (below).

About 180,000 Pennsylvania customers and 140,000 Virginia customers were without power.

Around Washington, D.C., downed power lines cut electricity to 400,000 people in Virginia, Maryland and the District, according to WTOP.

The storms played havoc with travelers throughout the broad swath of territory. Officials with Amtrak also announced that service would be temporarily suspended until clearance has been given to resume.

High winds are also disrupting passenger rail service across the Northeast.

High winds and driving rain are causing thousands of flight cancellations at East Coast airports.

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More than 3,000 flights were cancelled within, into or out of the United States on Friday and more than 2,400 others delayed, according to the website FlightAware.

In Washington and Baltimore, wind gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour are expected.

Trump usually travels out of Andrews, but his departure location was moved due to high winds in the area.

Heavy flooding creates unsafe road conditions in Duxbury, Massachusetts on March 2, 2018. Those on the coast were urged to leave before the storm advanced. A nor'easter is considered a bomb cyclone when it drops 24 millibars in 24 hours.

"Bomb cyclone" is a real meteorological term but it describes strength, not potential damage.

The storm could take a chunk out of Jersey shore beaches that are still being repaired following damage from previous storms.

The number of MA customers without power jumped by nearly 100,000 as Gov. Charlie Baker offered an update on the Nor'easter storm battering the state.

The storm, with about 80 million people in its path, could knock out power and flood some neighborhoods along the Atlantic coast Friday and Saturday. "We got a couple of sump pumps", said Shaffer, who evacuated to higher ground Thursday night. And the worst of this storm is yet to come.

The Coast Guard advised boaters to exercise "vigilance and extreme caution".

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