Winter Storm Riley: Residents Along Massachusetts Coast Told to Evacuate

This is a huge storm with a wide range of issues.

The storm will span the East Coast from North Carolina to ME, with heavily populated cities like New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston in the storm's path. Residents in those areas can expect heavy winds and several inches of rain.

A pedestrian walks near the coastline, March 2, 2018, in Newburyport, Mass.

Amtrak also announced it had suspended train service between NY and Boston.

New York City ferries along the Rockaway route - and the South Brooklyn route's landings in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park - have been suspended until further notice. Maryland had more than 30,000 customers without power early Friday morning.

The federal government has also shuttered all of its offices.

Amtrak canceled service between Boston and Washington, DC, Friday afternoon due to the storm, according to a tweet from the company.

Only twice in the last century has a high tide in Boston Harbor topped 15 feet - during the blizzard of 1978 and January 4, during a savage storm that sent water sloshing through the streets of Beantown. OH and upstate NY got a foot or more of snow.

A tree crashed through a house in New York's Putnam County shortly after noon Friday. Stewart lost power Thursday night. The exact timing of the changeover will determine how much snow you end up seeing on the ground. The message was accompanied by a picture of auto parked in the lot, submerged in surge, taken during the January storm. So, we anticipate rain changing to snow in this region after 7 p.m. with the possibility of a few to several inches of accumulation before tapering off by midnight.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has activated the State Emergency Operations Center.

For New England, this storm has the potential to be more severe than the "bomb cyclone" that pounded the East Coast in January, causing record flooding and forcing thousands to evacuate. Those on the coast were urged to leave before the storm advanced. The majority of roads are expected to remain passable with only isolated closures. Officials in MA have urged residents along the coast to evacuate by Friday morning, NBC Boston reports.

On the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown resident Andy Towle took video of a 50-foot fishing boat breaking free from its mooring and drifting dangerously toward the rocks.

A 44-year-old male passenger in a truck was killed in James City County, Virginia, when an oak tree toppled onto the vehicle, police said in a statement. Boston is anticipating flooding downtown as the tide peaks around midday, reports Tina Martin of WGBH. Police rescued many people in partially submerged and trapped cars.

Governor Baker of MA said he had called in the National Guard.

The "strong and dangerous" coastal storm is expected to dump up to 4 inches of rain on parts of region, cause flooding and knock out power.

The National Weather Service says all of Rhode Island is under flood and high wind watches from Friday through Sunday morning.

Winds will be incredibly strong across the coast today, with sustained winds out of the northeast of 35-45mph, and gusts upwards of 60 miles per hour.

  • Leroy Wright