A powerful storm with pounding rains and high winds roared up the East Coast on Monday, threatening to snarl travel for millions, after tornadoes killed at least 20 people in the South over the weekend.
More than 600 flights were canceled by midday Monday, with Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey the hardest hit U.S. airport. About 10 per cent of its flights were canceled, according to the air traffic website FlightAware. The Air Train to the airport was also shut down indefinitely starting at 1pm.
Train transportation was also grinding to a halt in New Jersey by Monday afternoon. NJ Transit announced just before 4pm that service between New York's Penn Station and Trenton had been suspended due to a overhead wire problem.
A powerful Nor'easter is set to hit the East Coast Monday evening. The above map shows the precipitation expected up the Northeast
Since the weather is mild, the major East Coast cities will escape snow in favor of two inches of rain
The coastal areas up the East Coast are dealing with strong winds up to 60 mph
Strong northeast winds drive waves onto the seawall along Hereford Inlet in the Anglesea section of North Wildwood, New Jersey on Monday
A downed tree barely missed two parked cars in the parking lot of Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, New Jersey on Monday
New York City emergency management officials warned winds could top 70 mph through Monday night, with several inches of rain. Flood advisories and watches were issued for much of the city.
The National Weather Service said that a high wing warning means 'damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected.'
'Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges.'
A woman walks the Boardwalk against the driving winds and rain in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday
Ester Girshik, visiting from New York, braces against driving winds and rain as she walks from Caesars to Bally's Casino on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday
A woman braces against wind and rain at the corner of Arkansas and Pacific Avenues in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday
Strong winds drive sand on the beach at 21st Avenue in Longport New Jersey on Monday
The torn sails of a sailboat flap in strong winds at the Seaview Harbor Marina in Longport, New Jersey on Monday
Capt. Mike O'Neill, of Ocean City, attaches extra ropes to secure his charter boat against strong winds while docked at the Seaview Harbor Marina in Longport, New Jersey on Monday
The high wind warning begins at 1am Monday morning and ends 1am Tuesday EST. The worst winds will blow Monday afternoon and evening.
Governor Andrew Cuomo warned New Yorkers in a statement: 'As this storm could cause power outages across downstate and flooding for communities near the coastline, I am directing all relevant state agencies to be on alert and ready to respond to whatever Mother Nature throws our way.'
'We will be closely monitoring storm conditions and deploying resources and equipment as necessary. I encourage all New Yorkers in these areas to plan ahead, avoid unnecessary travel, and above all else — stay safe.'
Greg and Megan Bissey of Wildwood, N.J., stop to look at the rough surf on 2nd Avenue and the beach in North Wildwood, New Jersey on Monday
The nor'easter will bring some snow to parts of upstate New York and New Hampshire
Much of Central New York is under a winter storm warning for Monday night including Syracuse
Electricity provider Con Edison warned east coasters to be wary of fallen power lines.
Joseph Esposito, New York City's Emergency Management Commissioner said: 'We’re urging New Yorkers to use extra caution when outdoors Monday and allow for extra travel time during tomorrow’s commutes.'
'Coastal residents in vulnerable neighborhoods should take steps to protect their property ahead of this storm.'
AccuWeather forecast up to 2 inches of rain drenching an area stretching from Pittsburgh to Washington north to Boston by late Tuesday.
Northern Pennsylvania and parts of New England were expected to get more than 6 inches of wet snow, producing dangerously slick roads. Winds topping 50 miles per hour could whip the East Coast from Delaware to eastern Maine.
People run against wind and rain to enter Caesars Boardwalk entrance in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday
The Ben-Ami family, visiting from New York City, make their way on a windy Boardwalk, in Atlantic City, NJ, during a nor'easter storm on Monday
A woman walks in the financial district during a cold and windy day in New York City on Monday
Tourists take a photo in the financial district during a cold and windy day in New York City, on MOnday
'The coastal flood threat will be greatest at times of high tide,' said AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rathbun.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said the front would reach the Middle Atlantic coast by Monday evening, and flash floods were possible near the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Fifteen people died in weekend tornadoes and thunderstorms in Georgia. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler said four people were killed, adding there was a 'great possibility' the death count could rise.
Mississippi reported four dead from a tornado on Saturday. One death was reported in northern Florida's Columbia County after a tree fell on a home on Sunday.
As the storm makes it's way up into Maine and Canada, it will mix with freezing air to cause an ice storm that could cause widespread power outages and hazardous travel
The NWS warned of flooding along the Chickasawhay and Leaf rivers in southeast Mississippi, with the Chickasawhay expected to crest on Wednesday afternoon.
Flash flood watches were issued for southern California through late Monday, with hail and thunderstorms forecast after a Pacific storm system dropped 4 inches of rain on Los Angeles over three days, the NWS reported.
The agency said the system would bring heavy snow to the state's Sierra Nevada mountains and then move into the Rocky Mountains.
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