A bomb cyclone is expected to hit the Northeast United States and cause widespread coastal flooding, with up to three feet of water in some areas.
The storm, accompanied by cold air from the Arctic, is forecast to bring strong winds of up to 60 mph from the Great Lakes region to Buffalo, New York, and parts of New England starting on Friday, potentially causing power outages.
Parts of New Jersey, Maine, and Long Island are expected to be hit by 1 to 3 feet of flooding, followed by freezing temperatures during the peak holiday travel period.
In addition, the storm is expected to bring heavy rain and a temperature drop of up to 30 degrees to the New York area, potentially leading to a “flash freeze” on roads.
High winds in Boston and northern New England are also expected to cause power outages, potentially forcing some residents to go without heat in below-freezing conditions.
A bomb cyclone is a rapidly strengthening storm that drops 24 millibars in pressure in less than 24 hours.