Winter Storm Kills 5 People Across Northeastern US

At least five people died in a storm that hit the northeastern United States on Friday night, with heavy snow, heavy rain and gusty winds, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights and trains.

A 6-year-old boy died when a tree crashed into his home while he was sleeping, county officials said. In the same state, a 44-year-old man died when a tree fell on his truck, according to James City County police. Near Baltimore, on the east coast, a 77-year-old woman also lost her life when she was hit by a large tree branch in Kingsville, according to Baltimore police.

Falling trees also reportedly killed another 11-year-old boy in Putnam Valley, New York, as well as a septuagenarian in Rhode Island.

This winter storm, called Riley, affects an area from Maryland to Massachusetts, and was expected to last until the early hours of Saturday morning.

Its intensity has increased because of a so-called “weather bomb” phenomenon, characterized by a sharp drop in atmospheric pressure.

In the Washington area, weather conditions marked by gusts announced at 120 km / h, prompted the government to close all federal administrative services in the agglomeration. Schools in the federal capital remained closed on Friday, as did those in surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia.

Inspired by images of palisades or trees felled around the capital, the nickname “Windmageddon”, a combination of the words “wind” for wind and “Armageddon” for apocalypse, has blossomed on social networks.

Further north, from New Jersey to Massachusetts, the National Meteorological Service (NWS) has warned the public of risks of coastal submersion and inland flooding.

In the Washington area, weather conditions marked by gusts announced at 120 km / h, prompted the government to close all federal administrative services in the agglomeration. Schools in the federal capital remained closed on Friday, as did those in surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia.

Inspired by images of palisades or trees felled around the capital, the nickname “Windmageddon”, a combination of the words “wind” for wind and “Armageddon” for apocalypse, has blossomed on social networks.

Further north, from New Jersey to Massachusetts, the National Meteorological Service (NWS) has warned the public of risks of coastal submersion and inland flooding.

Over the entire area hit by Riley, more than 100,000 homes were, at one time or another, deprived of electricity Friday, according to the various companies serving the region.

In the coastal regions of New Jersey, New York State and Massachusetts, the temperature slightly above 0 ° C gave a mixture of slush, hail and rain.

More than ten centimeters of precipitation in 30 hours was expected in parts of Long Island, near New York.

Boston recorded the third highest tide Friday since regular measurements began to be made 90 years ago.

Further inland, snowfall reached up to 30 centimeters in central New York State, depending on the national weather, and was expected to continue.

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