Storm Grayson causes travel chaos in NY

"I don't know where I'll stay tonight if I get stuck, probably with my boss", said Ran Richardson, 55, of Malden, Massachusetts, as he waited for a Boston subway to take him to training for his job as a Chinese-English translator. Next it's bringing more snow, ice and winds from Florida to Nova Scotia, including parts of NY.

Wind gusts of 80-95km/h, strong enough to cause downed trees and power lines, are predicted in places where the National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings.

"In a lot of New England, the highs will be in the single digits and the teens today, with intense wind chills", said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist with private forecasting service Accuweather. About 3 to 6 inches of snow are expected in Philadelphia, 4 to 8 inches in New York City, and more than a foot of snow in Boston, forecasters said.

Power outages have also dropped to about 1,200, mostly in Wake County.

High tides also caused flooding in parts of coastal MA, with seawater rising near buildings, including a hotel and along Boston's historic Long Wharf, a popular tourist attraction.

Monroe Energy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The "bomb cyclone" winter storm rapidly intensified in a low pressure situation, bringing winds similar to a Category 1 hurricane in some regions, along with coastal flooding, power outages, and whiteout conditions.

The bombogenesis will result in what's known as a "bomb cyclone".

The wintry weather has been blamed for at least 14 deaths in the past few days, including three in North Carolina traffic accidents and three in Texas because of the cold. Some businesses also closed for the day and dozens of flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport were cancelled. In Georgia, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport - typically booming with tourists this time of year - closed on Wednesday due to severe winter weather conditions.


The Boston area received 30cm of snow, with more on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Northeast Regional Service between Washington, D.C., and Newport News/Norfolk, Virginia, was canceled for Thursday.

Morrone said gusts of 40 to 50 miles an hour could sweep parts of NY, especially southern Queens.

Ian Hubbard says New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and parts of Newfoundland and Labrador could see heavy rain, ice, snow, blizzards, strong winds and storm surges.

A light snow started falling in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire just before dawn Thursday. No one was injured in the incident.

The storm shut down much of eastern Virginia, but some people were taking it in stride.

Although most refineries, particularly those in northern climates, are created to operate throughout the winter, increasingly extreme weather conditions in recent years have tested their capabilities.

A person walks in the snow in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday. Six NYCHA developments, which house more than 15,000 people, all lost heat, hot water, or both at some point, according to New York City Patch.

"Due to strong wind gusts, any power outages are expected to be prolonged because bucket trucks can not withstand the winds", Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy told reporters.

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