Nor'easter winter storm
Rana Osman

The East Coast experienced its second Nor’easter in a week. Up to a foot of snow is expected in major cities, including New York City and Boston. The path of the storm is expected to continue moving up the Northeast coast on Wednesday night and Thursday, before heading west on Friday to Maine, which is expected to receive more than 18 inches of snow.

Another winter storm warning is in effect for those in northeast New Jersey, southwestern Connecticut, and southeast New York. They can expect to see 7 to 11 inches of snow. The storm also brought thunderstorms to parts of New York on Wednesday. Parts of Massachusetts could see 10 inches, though in Boston will be less significant, between 4 and 8 inches. Parts of New Hampshire are anticipating snowfall totals nearing 20 inches.

At least nine people had died as a result of Winter Storm Riley as of Monday morning.

Another big storm next week?

A weather forecast model shows a storm could develop by early next week, potentially bringing more snow and strong winds to the East Coast.

What to do Before a Nor’easter Strikes

  • Be informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies.
  • Find out whether your property is in a flood-prone or high-risk area.
  • Create and review your family emergency plan.
  • If you live or work in a flood zone, hurricane evacuation zone, or an area that is prone to flooding, you should be prepared to evacuate.
  • If you receive medical treatment or home health care services, work with your medical provider to maintain care if you are unable to leave your home or have to evacuate during a storm.
  • Assemble an emergency kit.
  • Follow instructions from public safety officials.
  • Prepare for possible power outages.
  • Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries.
  • Consider purchasing a generator to provide power during an outage.
  • Make a record of your personal property by taking photos or videos of your belongings. Store these records in a safe place.

What to do During a Nor’easter

  • Avoid driving or going outdoors during a storm. Flooding and damaging winds can make traveling dangerous.
  • Do not walk through flowing water. Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off of your feet.
  • Remember the phrase “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” Don’t drive through flooded roads. Cars can be swept away in just 2 feet of moving water. If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay in the vehicle. If the water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.
  • Continue to monitor media for emergency information.
  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • Listen to local television or radio for updates.
  • Conditions may change quickly, be prepared to evacuate to a shelter or neighbor’s home if necessary.
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Take only essential items and bring your pets.

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