A massive storm has hit the East Coast with strong winds, as much as 18 inches of snow, and a near-record breaking high tide resulting in intense flooding in coastal towns. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker quoted the National Weather Service this evening in his State of Emergency address that the NWS is "speculating" that the state just faced the "highest high tide in Massachusetts history."
Twenty-six coastal communities have reported flooding. "We've had reports all the way from Newburyport to Nantucket," said Matt Doody, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton. "We do have a report of a seawall breach in Scituate. That area, the South Shore, seems to be one of the hardest-hit spots."
Between cars floating away, properties flooding and dropping into the sea, skidding vehicles, closed schools and airports, and almost a hundred thousand homes losing power, the Eastern seaboard is getting hit hard right now.
Though the snow is expected to slow to a stop before the night is done, plows and citizens are struggling to clear roads and sidewalks now, before the below-freezing temperatures set in and make shoveling impossible and dangerous.