Published on : Friday, January 5, 2018
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said that the flooding from the “historic high tide” prompted the deployment of National Guard high-water rescue vehicles to help residents and stranded vehicles.
According to Philadelphia authorities a death took place as the storm made its sheer power felt by millions.
After a vehicle was unable to stop at the bottom of an icy steep hill crashing into a commuter train a passenger got killed.
During afternoon hours the tide rose and coastal areas were flooded along with wintry precipitation from the storm.
Massachusetts saw flooded roads with partially frozen salt water while in the town of Rockport the water levels rose quickly and threatened to wash away several parked cars that were left behind.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) around 75 homes had flooding on their first floors and utilities were compromised in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
In North of Plymouth, Massachusetts, fire crews in the town of Duxbury responded to water rescues in flooded areas a house fire was reported while icy waters poured into downtown Boston streets Thursday.
The Boston’s Seaport was flooded all the way up to the Maine coast and similar scenes occurred in the Massachusetts coast in Kennebunkport, Maine, where roads were under water and chunks of ice flowed from the ocean onto the shore.
New Jersey had portions of the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway closed near Atlantic City late Thursday morning due to severe weather condition.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has asked residents to keep their vehicles off of roads and stressed the usage of the city’s alert system.
He asked the warming shelters to remain open 24/7, and state nonprofits to ensure the safety of the city’s homeless.
While the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced that it was coordinating with emergency officials to prepare for Grayson and asked residents to come up with individual plans to counter the storm.
A state of emergency was declared for Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean , New Jersey Coast and Monmouth counties by Gov. Chris Christie.
Nationwide more than 4,000 flights cancelled at hubs impacted by Grayson.