Strong winds, rain, flooding expected to hit Boston Friday

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Strong winds, rain, flooding expected to hit Boston Friday

People stand at the entrance to a pizza shop as water floods a street, in Scituate, Mass., Friday, March 2, 2018.

According to FlightAware, there were 995 delays within, into, and out of the United States by 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning.

The National Weather Service in Boston warned of a three-foot surge on top of high tide in Boston and Nantucket.

The heaviest snow will fall in western NY into northern Pennsylvania and into western MA, where some areas could see 1 to 2 feet.

High winds and driving rain are causing thousands of flight cancellations at East Coast airports.

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Strong winds, rain, flooding expected to hit Boston Friday

"People need to take this very seriously", Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker told a Thursday press conference, telling people to prepare for a repeat of the flooding that affected much of state's east coast during the January 4 "bombogenesis" winter storm.

Even if your flight isn't covered by a waiver, anyone with plans to fly this weekend should still be prepared for a frankly dismal travel experience.

CBS 13's Chief Meteorologist Charlie Lopresti wrote that the worst of the storm is being felt in southeastern MA and it will not be a direct hit on Maine.

Flight tracking services say the storm has already caused airports to cancel many flights for Friday. Portions of NY also saw more than a foot of snow Thursday night, downing power lines.

Burke said this week's looming system could become a "bomb cyclone" on Friday, too.

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MA emergency officials said tides "will be astronomically high" during the first few days of March.

In Washington, wind gusts exceeding 50 and 60 miles per hour have been reported at airports. His Massachusetts counterpart, Gov. Charlie Baker, said he's called in the National Guard.

In addition to the coastal flooding, heavy rain may send rivers over their banks, the weather service said.

Winds will be so ferocious that the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey is securing cranes at a LaGuardia Airport construction project. There's a danger of falling trees, power lines and flying debris, including construction debris, in major cities and suburbs Friday. In Duxbury, south of Boston, officials urged people to evacuate as soon as possible, and the fire department was preparing to use a high water rescue vehicle for the first time to help any residents who wind up stuck in homes during high floodwaters.

Powerful winds forced President Donald Trump to fly out of Dulles International Airport on Friday instead of Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is housed.

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"This is one of the more extreme storms in recent memory in terms of coastal flooding and damaging wind potential along the coast, but also includes heavy wet snow and heavy rain as important factors", the agency said.

Major coastal cities in the Northeast will get rain, with little to no snow accumulation forecast.

"The heavy rain and snow expected will further saturate the ground and weaken trees, leaving them susceptible to come down in high winds", Mike Hayhurst, vice president of electric operations for Eversource Energy, which owns utilities in New England.

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