Sandbags and warnings as northeast US braces for storm-driven flood

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In Washington and Baltimore, wind gusts of 60mph to 70mph are expected to hit.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was closed to all traffic Friday morning. "If you live in an area that is told to evacuate, we strongly encourage you do so first thing Friday morning".

In the Western New York town of Hornell, 30-year-old Anna Stewart was milking the 130 cows of her dairy farm in a barn powered by a generator hooked up to a tractor.

About 1,500 flights involving USA airports are canceled, Flight tracking website FlightAware.com posted Friday.

A potentially record-breaking nor'easter is set to pummel the U.S. East Coast with wind, snow and rain Friday, putting billions of dollars of coastal real estate at risk from "unprecedented flooding". There is even a hurricane force wind warning for off-shore waters in southeastern New England.

A tree is blown over as the region experiences high winds, March 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

With few exceptions, travelers who take advantage of an airline's storm waivers can adjust their itinerary without paying either a change fee or a difference in fare, so long as travel is completed within a specified time frame.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency tweeted a message from the agency's director that warned those who chose not to evacuate: "Areas that receive major coastal flooding will be unsafe and rescues may not be possible".

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A major nor'easter was starting to slam the East Coast with heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds.

The Eastern Seaboard was hammered by wind gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour, with possible winds of 80 to 90 miles per hour on Cape Cod.

That storm battered areas all along Massachusetts' coast, and local officials said they're preparing for similar flooding. Accumulations will be limited over the city and the coast.

"Forecasters are predicting up to 7 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada, with up to 10 feet possible in the highest elevations in the mountain range". Far N&W, you're changing over to a heavy, wet snow. Parts of eastern Long Island and eastern MA could get up to 5 inches of rain through Saturday.

Walker noted that the combination of high winds and sustained rain, which softens the ground, could cause trees to fall and power outages. Over 2 inches of rain has fallen from OR to Northern California with reports of flooding in San Francisco Bay area. Tens of thousands of people in Southern California have evacuated, getting out ahead of a storm that's feared to be bringing flash flooding and possible mudslides.

The heavy rains aggravated problems that Pittsburgh has been having with landslides in recent days.

There could be flooding during the morning and evening rush hours Friday, but subway flooding from the rain will be isolated. The borough could see 1 to 2 inches of slushy wet snow on top of 1 to 3 inches of rain before that.

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