Three buildings along the Massachusetts coastline were condemned on Tuesday after fierce waves battered homes during Storm Orlena.
High tide caused flooding early Tuesday in coastal areas of the state such as Cape Cod, where waves crashed over seawalls and resulted in severe erosion underneath the houses already battered by storms over the past few weeks.
One house in Sandwich collapsed onto the beach on Tuesday afternoon after its foundations were hit. Other homes in the area, which cost $700,000 on average to buy, were severely damage with fears of further strong winds to come.
‘It got undermined and the house is on a 45-degree angle. And it’s totally gone now. There’s no moving it now. It’s just wrecked. It’s just destroyed,’ neighbor Michael Pottey told WCVB.
The two-day snowstorm had shut down public transport, closed schools, and stranded travelers with canceled flights, as three foot of snow was dumped over the region.
And yet more snowfall could be on the way with two more potential storms on track to hit the northeast in the coming days.
According to The Weather Channel, the first system is expected to bring modest snowfall mid- to late-week but the second could pose a greater threat from Sunday.
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MASSACHUSETTS: Three buildings along the Massachusetts coastline were condemned on Tuesday after the storm
MASSACHUSETTS: One house in Sandwich collapsed onto the beach on Tuesday afternoon after its foundations were hit
MASSACHUSETTS: The homes were already suffering from erosion due to previous storms
More snowfall could be on the way with two more potential storms on track to hit the northeast in the coming days
NEW JERSEY: There was also concern about coastal flooding in New Jersey, where police were forced to rescue an elderly man from the floodwaters. In a Facebook video posted by Union Beach Police, officers were shown rescuing the man, who was showing signs of hypothermia, after being trapped in his car in the floodwaters, pictured above
MAINE: Rick Wallace clears a sidewalk with a snowblower during a winter snow storm in Freeport on Tuesday
NYC: A person carries shopping bags past piles of snow blocking the entrance to a closed NYC bar
MASSACHUSETTS: Monster waves, storm surge, and high winds slam Scituate, Massachusetts, during Storm Orlena
There was also concern about coastal flooding in New Jersey on Tuesday, where police were forced to rescue an elderly man from the floodwaters.
In a Facebook video posted by Union Beach Police, Keyport Police Chief Shannon Torres and Capt. Michael Ferm were shown rescuing the man, who was showing signs of hypothermia, after being trapped in his car in the floodwaters.
Bands of snow continued through parts of the region Tuesday afternoon, but the worst was over, with more than 30 inches in parts of New Jersey and just a few inches in Boston.
The highest levels were in Pennsylvania with Nazareth hit by 36.1 inches as of Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
MASSACHUSETTS: At least three homes in Sandwich, a town in Barnstable County in Cape Cod, Massachusetts were condemned as fierce waves from the Nor’easter led to coastal erosion during Storm Orlena on Monday
MASSACHUSETTS: One of the homes completely crashed onto the beach on Tuesday afternoon
MASSACHUSETTS: Flood waters had taken over the area at high tide around 3am on Tuesday morning
MASSACHUSETTS: The homes collapsed after huge waves swept against the state’s coastline
MASSACHUSETTS: Severe coastal flooding began after 3am when high tide hit
MASSACHUSETTS: The storm surge left the area on alert until Tuesdy afternoon
MASSACHUSETTS: High tide caused flooding early Tuesday in coastal areas of the state such as Cape Cod
Lara Pagano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in College Park, Maryland, noted that while several areas in the mid-Atlantic saw measurable snowfall for a few consecutive days, it hadn’t shattered records.
For example, she said, the most consecutive days with measured snowfall for Washington is four, while the mark is five for New York City and six for Philadelphia.
‘While this storm has been a prolonged event, it’s not a record-setter in that sense, but it does rank up there pretty high of course,’ she said.
The sprawling, lumbering storm had already walloped the eastern United States by Monday night.
More than 17 inches of snow dropped on Manhattan´s Central Park, and as much as 30 inches was reported in northern New Jersey.
While New York City school kids had another day of all-remote learning because of the snow, above-ground subway and train service returned early Tuesday, and a ban on certain large trucks on state highways was lifted.
Experts predict a further arctic blast is on its way that could lead to the development of further storms
It is predicted that at least one more storm could hit the northeast in the coming week
Forecasts show that conditions are there for a second larger winter storm to form in the next week
On Friday, a mix of rain, ice and snow is expected to hit the Northeast (depicted above)
On Sunday, forecasters are predicting snow in parts of New Jersey, New York and Boston
Some vaccination sites in the city remained closed, but others, including those run by the public hospital system, were open Tuesday.
Much of southern New Hampshire got about a foot of snow. Parts of northern New Hampshire, where the state’s ski resorts and most of the snowmobile trails are, got 9 to 10 inches.
‘For the next couple of weeks, the conditions are going to be phenomenal,’ Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday during an interview on WZID-FM.
The storm also raged offshore, making it inhospitable for mariners. Off the Maine coast, waves were approaching 30 feet, and a 73-mph gust was recorded at an offshore buoy.
In Connecticut, the storm – which dumped up to 19 inches of snow in some areas – forced the cancellations of 10,000 vaccination appointments Monday, state officials said.
Efforts are under way to provide vaccinations by the end of the week to people whose appointments were canceled.
MASSACHUSETTS: Two women jump off a seawall as they photograph rough surf along Lynn Shore Reservation
MASSACHUSETTS: A woman watches rough surf along Lynn Shore Reservation in the aftermath of a snowstorm
NYC: Worker clears ice and snow in front of illuminated trees in the Hudson Yards precinct of Manhattan
NYC: Customers wait at Celebrity Chef Brandon Fay’s Pasta By Hudson near piles of snow in Manhattan
NYC: A restaurant worker pushes snow off the roof of Sushi Seki’s outdoor dining structure in Manhattan
MAINE: A car driven on a snow-covered road in Maine on Tuesday
WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS: A man uses a snow blower with a hood outside his home on Tuesday
WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS: A man clears his snow-covered driveway on Tuesday following Winter Storm Orlena
A state of emergency imposed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy remained in effect Tuesday and the state’s six mega sites for COVID-19 vaccines were still closed as plow operators faced snow showers and blowing snow.
In Virginia, four firefighters were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not life threatening after their firetruck overturned Sunday on snow-covered roads in Henrico County, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Power outages appeared to be minimal. About 5,000 customers in Massachusetts and about 3,000 in New York were without power Tuesday morning.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared a disaster emergency after snowfall of up to 30 inches throughout central and eastern regions. The proclamation freed up millions of dollars for snow removal and authorized officials to request help from the National Guard.
The storm also resulted in the deaths of at least five people.
Authorities said a 67-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who wandered away from her home was found dead of hypothermia on an Allentown street Monday morning.
NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS: This aerial image shows a snow-covered home in Massachusetts on Tuesday
NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS: Large chunks of ice are seen floating in the Merrimack River on Tuesday
NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS: This aerial image shows snow covering the ground in Massachusetts on Tuesday
PENNSYLVANIA: A woman is loaded into an ambulance after slipping on ice as winter storm Olena blows through Philadelphia
The worst of the snowfall in the past few days was seen in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Much of the snowfall had died down by Tuesday morning yet more snowfall is expected
Highest snowfall totals by state so far
1. Pennsylvania – Nazareth – 36.1 inches
2. New Jersey – Mount Arlington – 35.5 inches
3. New York – Fishkill/Saugerties – 25.6 inches
4. Massachusetts – Lowell – 24 inches
5. West Virginina – Terra Alta – 22.1 inches
6. Maryland – Sabillasville – 20.5 inches
7. Connecticut – Danbury – 19 inches
8. New Hampshire – Atkinson – 16 inches
9. Maine – Salem Township – 15.5 inches
10. Virginia – Landgrove – 15.2 inches
About 60 miles north in Plains Township, a shooting after an argument over snow removal killed a married couple, and the suspect was later found dead at his nearby home of a wound believed to have been self-inflicted, officials in Luzerne County said.
A man in Newark, New Jersey, also died after being found lying in the snow on Monday, according to police officials, who said the death was not considered suspicious.
Much of Tuesday was spent clearing snow as the storm moved on, yet experts are warning that more is on the way.
‘For at least the next week, the weather looks pretty tumultuous in the eastern two-thirds of the United States,’ AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said.
According to The Weather Channel, the first system is expected to bring modest snowfall and would likely impact travel from the Northern Plains and upper Midwest to the interior Northeast mid to late week.
A winter storm that will sweep into the Plains Thursday into Friday could continue into the Northeast, transforming into another hard hitter.
AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said that at least one further storm is guaranteed to hit the region by the weekend.
‘This primary storm will at least occur, no matter what,’ Rayno said.
‘Some accumulating snow should occur from Kansas City and St. Louis into western Pennsylvania, causing some slippery travel along routes like Interstate 70 this weekend.’
Yet a second could materialize with another round of double-digit snowfall totals and major disruptions.
The second storm could pose a greater threat to the East Coast with snow, rain and wind in portions of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning on Sunday and into Monday.
‘In this scenario, where the secondary storm hugs the coast, heavy snow could also break out from the Appalachians through New England, with a full-blown blizzard likely to unfold in the Northeast,’ Rayno said.
‘A storm track closer to the coast, or even just inland, could mean more rain and wind for residents near the coast, but that could also bring a flooding threat — both from rain and surf action’.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: A New Yorker is seen removing snow from around a vehicle Tuesday morning
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: A man removes snow from a car following Winter Storm Orlena on Tuesday
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Parts of northern New England were waiting their turn to be pummeled by a heavy winter storm Tuesday, while residents of the New York City region were digging out from under piles of snow
Forecasters warned that even if a significant storm doesn’t develop, there will still be a burst of at least lighter snowfall and gusty winds. As of Tuesday, forecasters are still monitoring the storm systems and cautioned that it’s too early to nail down exactly what scenario will play out.
The news of the new storm seems to line up with Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of snow. The furry critter was woken up at 7.25am at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see whether he would see his shadow or not, and he did.
Shortly after this year’s prediction was revealed, one of the members of the inner circle shared a message he said Phil had told him earlier in the day: ‘After winter, you´re looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you’ve ever seen.’