After the blizzard, the big chill as the US East Coast digs out

After the blizzard, the big chill as the US East Coast digs out

Strong winds and falling temperatures have plunged the East Coast into a deep freeze as people dig after a mighty Nor’Easter dumped mound of snow, flooding the beach and power outages for thousands Is.

Dangerous wind gusts were expected to drop below zero across the region on Sunday after the storm caused snow to drop from Virginia to Maine. Philadelphia and New York had a lot of snow, but Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, with the city of Sharon falling more than 30 inches (76 cm) of snow before the storm broke out.

More than 100,000 lost power as the wind continued, mostly in Massachusetts, hampering the ability of crews to work on overhead lines. No other state reported widespread outages.

Winds gusts to 83 mph (134 kph) over Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It scoured bare ground in some places and piled up snow in heavy flows in others. Coastal cities were flooded, North Weymouth, south of Boston, inundated with wind and waves, with streets flooded with a solution of cold water, according to videos posted on social media. Other videos showed waves hitting the windows of a building in Plymouth, an underwater street on Nantucket.

Forecasters in particular watched closely for new snowfall records in Boston. The Boston area’s modern snowfall record for winter storms is 27.6 inches (70 cm), set in 2003. The National Weather Service said the city set a record for the largest single-day snowfall on Saturday with 23.6 inches (60 centimeters).

Atmospheric researchers said climate change, particularly warming oceans, may have influenced hurricane strength. “Very warm ocean water is certainly playing a role in strengthening the storm system and increasing the moisture available for hurricanes,” said Jason Furtado, a professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. “But it’s not the only thing.”

Storm kills 4 in Europe

A powerful winter storm hit northern Europe over the weekend, killing at least four people, destroying homes and cars, closing bridges and flooding thousands of homes and halting transport. Hurricane Malik was moving into the Nordic region on Sunday, bringing strong winds and widespread rain and snowfall in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

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