A massive winter storm was barreling toward Washington D.C. on Friday, with the system poised to drop near-record snowfall on the U.S. capital before walloping New York and other East Coast cities with blizzard conditions. The National Weather Service described the storm as "potentially crippling" for a swath of the Northeast, with snowfall exceeding two feet (61 cm) in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metro areas. A blizzard watch was issued for New York City and parts of Long Island and New Jersey starting early Saturday. Snow accumulation could reach 12 inches (30 cm) in the region, forecasters said. Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, was expecting 10 to 16 inches (25 to 42 cm) of snow. To the south, significant icing was likely for portions of Kentucky and North Carolina, the National Weather Service said. Millions of residents in the storm's path scrambled to prepare for the weekend weather event, picking stores clean of bottled water, food and other … [Read more...] about Massive snowstorm poised to wallop U.S. East Coast
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Planes and ships from four nations scoured the Java Sea for an AirAsia Bhd. passenger jet that vanished off the coast of Borneo more than a day ago with 162 people on board, as Indonesian investigators said the jet had likely crashed to the bottom of the sea. Twelve vessels, dozens of inflatable boats, six warships plus military aircraft from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia are searching an area that now stretches to more than 11,000 square nautical miles. The Indonesia team suspects the plane is under water, search and rescue agency chief F.H. Bambang Sulistyo said today in Jakarta, with no signal detected from the emergency local transmitter. "Based on the coordinates given to us, our evaluation says the likely position where the plane crashed is in the sea," Sulistyo said. "The preliminary assumption is that the plane is at the bottom of the sea." The official, who spoke in Bahasa Indonesia, didn’t elaborate on how the authorities arrived at that … [Read more...] about AirAsia plane search widens, no emergency signal detected
NEW YORK (VNS) - The US northeast was battered by heavy snow and strong winds on Thursday as a mighty storm carved a violent arc across several states, killing more than a dozen people and snarling holiday travel. More than 3,000 flights have been cancelled since Christmas Day including 746 on Thursday, as the storm wreaked havoc from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes before heading northeast, according to tracker FlightAware. In New York City, high winds caused major air traffic delays: 186 flights were cancelled outright at the three major airports - Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark. "Winter weather has arrived for many parts of the state, so as a precaution we have opened the emergency operation center to coordinate response efforts using all state and local resources," New York governor Andrew Cuomo said. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg used residents still without power two months after deadly superstorm Sandy slammed into the city in October to seek refuge in emergency … [Read more...] about Travel chaos as deadly storm hits northeast US
Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign. Photo: Reuters >> Massive storm Sandy in pictures More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate. Heavy snows threatened mountainous regions inland, and huge population centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. lay in the storm's path. "We have not seen the kind of flooding problems that certainly could have happened thus far, but we've still got a long ways to go to get through this storm," Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said on local television. Streets of New York City filled with floodwater, raising fears that the city's subway tunnels could be … [Read more...] about Floods across New York as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Nearly 4 million homes and businesses were without power on Saturday amid a record heat wave in the eastern United States after deadly thunderstorms downed power lines from Indiana to New Jersey. At least 11 people were killed. Photo: Reuters Statewide emergencies were declared in Washington D.C., Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia because of damage from overnight storms, which brought hurricane-force winds along a 500-mile (800-km) stretch. Forecasters predicted more severe thunderstorms as renewed heat blanketed the area on Saturday. Temperatures surpassed 100 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius) in several southern cities, including Atlanta, where the mercury hit 106 degrees (41 Celsius), and Charlotte, North Carolina, where it reached 102 F (38 C), according to Accuweather.com. The nation's capital cooled down to 96 Fahrenheit (96 C). Restoring power in some areas could take up to a week. Utilities in Ohio and Virginia described damage as catastrophic. "It's going to be a while … [Read more...] about Deadly storms leave millions without power in eastern U.S