Winter storm pounds USA east coast

Reports of Massachusetts power outages climb to 400000 as Gov. Charlie Baker warns Nor'easter still has 'long way to

Nearly 1.7 million homes and businesses were without power in the Northeast and Midwest as the storm pummeled the East Coast from Virginia to Maine. Strong winds are expected remain through the weekend, with some cancellations already being reported for Saturday. The sixth victim was an elderly woman, 77, who was killed after being hit by a large tree branch in Kingsville, Maryland, according to Baltimore County Police and Fire Department.

Emergency workers in Washington also pulled a man with life-threatening injuries from a vehicle that was struck by a falling tree, the fire department there said. A 25-year-old man in CT, a 57-year-old Pennsylvania man and a 37-year-old MA man were killed when trees fell on their vehicles Friday.

Because of the risky conditions, more than 3,000 domestic and worldwide flights were canceled in the United States on Friday, according to FlightAware.com, most with destinations or departures in the Northeast Corridor, The Washington Post reported.

Passenger railroad Amtrak halted service between Boston and Washington through Friday, and said it was suspending southbound service out of the us capital until at least Saturday morning because of downed trees on the track.

Private forecasting service AccuWeather said the storm dumped as much as 18 inches (46 cm) of snow on parts of NY state and Pennsylvania.

New York, the most populous USA city and home to 8.5 million people, was expected to avoid heavy snow but was forecast to receive 6cm of rain and wet snow with wind gusts of up to 96kph. Two people died in Virginia, one in Maryland, one in MA, one in NY, one in New Jersey and one in Rhode Island. Power outages on the East Coast dipped by about 500,000 from a peak of 2 million earlier Saturday, but officials said lingering wind gusts were slowing fix efforts.

In the federal capital Washington and surrounding suburbs, public schools were closed due a storm that some dubbed online as Windmaggedon.

A family walks down a snowy street during a winter storm, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Marple Township, Pennsylvania.

A plane attempting to land at Ronald Reagan was forced to abort its first attempt amid intense wind before touching down 10 minutes later, according to ABC news which broadcast footage at the incident.

Flightaware.com was reporting more than 2,000 cancellations late Friday morning.

In Massachusetts, authorities reported more than 100,000 power outages by mid-afternoon, warning that additional power cuts were likely and ordered some coastal communities to evacuate, warning that they expected homes to sustain significant damage.

The National Weather Service for Boston warned of continued flooding through the afternoon, with a surge of two and a half to three feet, and 20 foot swells at sea.

With coastal flooding the primary concern, authorities are warning about the dangers of driving through standing water.

Dozens of rescuers and rescue dogs rushed to the scene after an avalanche hit the Squaw Valley Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe near the Nevada state line. A viral video on Twitter showed winds blowing hard enough to lift a portion of a hangar's roof.

One flight landing at Washington's Dulles International Airport on Friday experienced turbulence so rough that most passengers became sick and the pilots were on the verge of becoming ill, the Federal Aviation Administration said. "Please do not drive through flooded areas in the dark", the governor said. Snowfall in NY ranged from 10 to 20 inches, and more than 300,000 people were without power. Strong winds and the heavy, wet snow damaged trees in several counties. "We were preparing for the storm last week", he said.

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