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Excessive Heat Warning Issued as Northeast Heat Wave Continues

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's been a hot weekend in the Northeast as temperatures in New York City Sunday are expected to rise above 90 degrees for the third straight day.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the city and parts of New Jersey, as high humidity will make temperatures feel well over 100 degrees.

“When the humidity levels are so high, that moisture has no place to go so you sweat and the sweat stays on you,” explained National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Silva in New York City. “And when the sweat stays on you the heat stays on you.”

Silva said the combination of high temperatures and humidity can be dangerous for children and the elderly.

“Heat is one of the number one killers in terms of weather related fatalities,” he said. “That's why we suggest people take extra precaution in these events of extreme heat.”

Residents are advised to stay inside and out of the sun when possible, and to drink plenty of fluids.

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After Blizzard, Northeast Begins to Dig Out

MTA Long Island Rail Road(NEW YORK) -- The Northeast began the arduous process of cleaning up after a fierce storm swept through the region leaving behind up to three feet of snow in some areas.

The storm stretched from New Jersey to Maine, affecting more than 25 million people, with more than two feet of snow falling in areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Nearly 600,000 customers are without power in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine, according to reports from electric companies on Saturday afternoon.

As the storm waned, officials in the hardest hit areas cautioned residents to remain indoors and off the roads to ease the clean-up.

Massachusetts was hard hit by the storm, with more than two feet of snow in Boston and even more in coastal areas. State police and national guard troops helped rescue more than 50 stranded motorists and even helped deliver a baby girl, according to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Patrick enacted the first statewide driving ban since the 1978 blizzard, which left 27 inches of snow and killed dozens. The ban was lifted at 4 p.m. on Saturday, the governor said.

However, Patrick cautioned residents to act with extreme caution even after the ban is over.

In New York, a little more than 11 inches fell in the city.

By Saturday morning, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said nearly all of the primary roads had been plowed and the department of sanitation anticipated that all roads would be plowed by the end of the day.

"It looks like we dodged a bullet, but keep in mind winter is not over," said Bloomberg.

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Northeast Braces for Monster Blizzard

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for what some forecasters say could be a historic snowstorm this weekend.

A blizzard warning is in effect Friday for seven states, stretching from New Jersey and New York City up through Maine. The worst of the storm is expected to hit late Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

While only a few inches of snow are forecast to fall in Philadelphia, New York City could see up to 14 inches of the white stuff.  Cities in New England, like Boston and Portland, Maine, may see up to two feet or more.

The storm is also expected to bring strong wind gusts, ranging from 50 to 70 mph. That could mean coastal flooding in areas near the water.

More than 3,000 flights have already been cancelled in response. Amtrak is also planning to suspend its train service in the Northeast Friday afternoon.

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Northeast Cuisine Dominates Menu for Inauguration Luncheon

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, released a plan for the Inauguration luncheon Wednesday featuring New England chowder and New York wines.

As in 2009, the menu starts with a soup course, continues to an entree and ends with a fruit-and-dairy dessert.

The luncheon outlines a wine pairing with the first and second courses, both including grapes from Schumer’s home state of New York. The last course features a Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne from California.

The 2009 luncheon, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., exclusively featured West Coast wines and the same California champagne.

By law, beverages sold in the United States that are not made in the Champagne region of France cannot be called champagne, but long-time producers like Korbel, the one that produced the bubbly at the luncheon, receive a reprieve from the rule as long as they include the state’s name in the drink’s title, France24 reported.

The 2013 Inaugural Luncheon Menu

First Course:

  • Steamed Lobster with New England Chowder
  • Anthony Road Winery, Fox Run Vineyards and Newt Red Cellars, Tierce 2010 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, N.Y.

Second Course:

  • Hickory Grilled Bison with Wild Huckleberry Reduction and Red Potato Horseradish Cake
  • Bedell Cellars, 2009 Merlot, North Fork, Long Island

Third Course:

  • Hudson Valley Apple Pie, Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese and Honey
  • Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California

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As Nation Digs Out, Even More Snow On the Way

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- While communities from the Midwest to the Northeast and even the Southern U.S. are digging out after a massive storm blanketed much of the country, the Northeast is now bracing for more snow over the weekend.

Two storm systems will combine into one and bring light snow to the major cities in the Northeast.  Most areas will see 1-3 inches of snow with isolated amounts of four inches in the higher elevations Saturday morning from Philadelphia to New York and into New England.

This week's winter blast is accounting for at least 15 deaths -- most of them on the nation's roads.

"This is really bad out here.  I see accidents everywhere.  There are police everywhere.  It's no joke," an Ohio woman told ABC's Good Morning America.

New England was hit with heavy snowfall this week.  In Woodford, Vt., 21 inches of snow was recorded, while Burlington, Vt., got over 13 inches and Ashfield, Mass., saw 15 inches.

Mother Nature also came through Ohio this week, bringing whiteout conditions, and in Arkansas, power poles snapped.  In southern Illinois, a pickup truck struggled just to clear a path.  As the storm moved east, Pennsylvania got walloped, too.

The storm also wreaked havoc in the skies, causing a total of 774 flight cancellations on Thursday.  

On New York's Long Island, a Southwest Airlines plane veered off the taxiway getting stuck in the mud.  Officials say no one was hurt.

"We just taxied off the taxiway into the grass," the pilot said.

Just outside the snow zone, in Sea Bright, N.J. -- a town already battered by Hurricane Sandy -- the streets were flooded again.

In Syracuse, N.Y., many are trying to get their lives back to normal, but much colder weather is anticipated to follow next week and into the new year for the Eastern U.S.

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Hurricane Sandy to Put 50 Million People at Risk

EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty ImagesUPDATES: Hurricane Sandy has turned 30 degrees more to the West, and heading straight towards to East Coast. The storm is now 201 miles southeast from Atlantic City, where it is expected to make landfall tonight between 10 p.m. and midnight.

There are 35,000 people statewide without power in New Jersey, according to Gov. Chris Christie.

In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says city schools will be closed again Tuesday. NYC shelters have already accepted 3,000 residents affected by the hurricane as well 73 pets, according to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At 2 p.m., New York City’s Holland Tunnel and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will each close, announced Gov. Cuomo. NYC bridges, for now, will remain opened.

Early voting has been suspended in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

President Obama will address the nation from the White House at 12:45 pm Eastern.


(NEW YORK) -- Up and down the East Coast, residents are preparing for what forecasters predict could be the worst storm in two generations as Hurricane Sandy, now a 900-mile megastorm, churns towards land, putting 50 million people at risk.

The eye of Sandy is forecast to make landfall late Monday night in Atlantic City, N.J., bringing with it life-threatening storm surges, forceful winds and rainfall that could cripple transportation and leave millions without power.  But the force of the storm was already evident Sunday night, as powerful winds and high seas began lashing the coast.

Several systems will combine to wreak havok on a large section of the nation -- from North Carolina to New England and as far west as the Great Lakes.


On the East Coast, a storm surge is expected along a 600-mile stretch of the Atlantic along with rainfall of 6 to 10 inches and even more in some places. 

"We want to prepare people for the worst," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Sunday, warning that some residents could be without power for more than a week.

Christie urged people in the path of Hurricane Sandy to "remain calm and listen to instructions."

Tens of thousands of people in coastal areas have been ordered to evacuate their homes before Hurricane Sandy pounds the eastern third of the United States.

States of emergency were declared from North Carolina to Connecticut.  Coastal communities in Delaware were ordered to evacuate by 8 p.m. Sunday night, and all non-emergency vehicles were ordered to stay off the state's roads beginning at 5 a.m. Monday.

"While the predicted track of Hurricane Sandy has shifted a number of times over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that the state will be affected by high winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding, especially along the coastline for a several day period," Delaware Gov. Jack Markell said.  "These factors, along with the potential for power outages, have convinced me that the prudent thing to do is have people leave most of our coastal communities."

Hurricane Sandy's maximum sustained winds increased to 85 mph overnight.  As of 5 a.m., the storm was centered about 385 miles southeast of New York City, and moving north at 15 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It will meet up with a cold front coming from the northwest and a high pressure system from Greenland, fueling it with enough energy to make it more powerful than the so-called "Perfect Storm" in 1991, meteorologists say.

"The size of the storm is going to carve a pretty large swath of bad weather," said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center.  "This is not just a coastal event."

The first rainfall from the megastorm already began to hit the coast of Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey Sunday night and forecasters warn it could bring inland flooding around Maryland and Pennsylvania.  A blizzard warning was issued for portions of West Virginia, where Sandy could bring up to two feet of snow.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Craig Fugate urged people in Sandy's path to take the storm seriously and to heed any evacuation orders.

"The time for preparing and talking is about over.  People need to be acting now," Fugate said.

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Hurricane Sandy Heads North as East Coast Readies for 'Perfect Storm'

National Hurricane Center/NOAA(NEW YORK) -- Residents in the Northeast, specifically in New York City and northward, are quickly coming to terms with the realization that the biggest monster they face for Halloween next week may be a creation of Mother Nature.

Forecasters are now saying that there is a 90 percent chance that on Monday the East Coast will take a direct hit from a "perfect storm" of three different systems -- Hurricane Sandy, an arctic front and a jet stream.

"It won't be just the intensity of the storm but the enormous area that it could affect," said Dr. Louis Uccellini, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Prediction Center.  "From the mid-Atlantic to New England, it will park itself over parts of the East Coast for days."

Sandy, currently a category 1 storm, will cross the Bahamas on Friday as its western fringe scrapes eastern Florida, according to the National Weather Service.  The storm is expected to slow down and turn northwest overnight and during the day

Florida is expected to see stormy conditions on Friday, with 1-4 inches of rain in some areas.  Waves up to 15 feet along the coast are expected, as is a storm surge of 1-2 feet.

Warnings are in effect along Florida's east coast from Ocean Reef to Flagler Beach.  Storm watches are in effect from Flagler to Fernandina Beach and from the Savannah River north to Oregon Inlet, N.C., including Pamlico Sound.

By Saturday afternoon, Sandy is expected to increase its forward speed and become a hybrid storm, pushing a lot of rain into the Carolinas and southern Mid-Atlantic region, with some areas getting more than a half a foot of rain through Sunday.

Sandy's landfall is predicted to be somewhere in southern New Jersey on Tuesday around 8 a.m.

"I think it's fair to say we don't know when or if or where the storm's going to hit," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference Thursday.  "The forecasters say it could be dangerous, but I think a word that they've been using most is it's unpredictable."

The entire system will weaken by the end of next week as is sits over the Northeast, but strong winds and rain will remain across the region through next Friday.

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Heat Wave Strikes Northeast as Summer Begins

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Summer officially kicks off on Wednesday and many across the U.S. will certainly be feeling the heat.

In the Midwest, Chicagoans are in store for the hottest start to the season in over three decades.  Temperatures in the Illinois city are expected to hit the 90s on Wednesday for the 13th day this year, tying a record set back in 1977.

But the real heat will be concentrated over the Northeast, where 13 states are under heat warnings and advisories.  Temperatures there are expected to hit the mid- to high-90s on Wednesday, marking more than a 20-degree jump in less than 24 hours.

The weather will be even hotter on Thursday across the Northeast, with actual air temperatures of 100 possible from Washington, D.C., to Boston.  If that happens, many major cities could break records.

The heat wave will continue in the region through Friday, when temperatures are also expected to hit the 90s, before cooling off over the weekend.

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Nor’easter Building Up on the East Coast

ABC News (NEW YORK) -- After an early spring, a late season Nor’easter will move up the East Coast Sunday through  Monday bringing torrential rain, strong winds, high waves and snow.

Parts of 10 states are under flood watch advisories from New Hampshire and southern Vermont and Massachusetts, south to New Jersey, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania.  Big cities under flood watches through early Monday include Boston, Hartford, New York City, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Del., which may see two to four inches of rain.

Areas further inland, from western New York and western Pennsylvania down into West Virginia and Maryland, could see winds from 20 to 40 miles per hour and major snowfall. In high mountain areas like northwest Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, snowfall could exceed a foot.  Counties in and around Pittsburgh could see 3-4 inches of snow.

The worst of the storm is expected to hit late Sunday and continue into Monday.

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Winter Storm Brings Second Major Snowfall of Year to Northeast

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The second major winter storm of the season rolled into the Northeast today causing some dangerous driving conditions and headaches for many airport travelers.

The storm, is dumping up to 6 inches of snow in Chicago earlier in the week, is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches in New York City and the surrounding area, with 4 inches expected in Philadelphia, and up to 7 inches in parts of Massachusetts, according to forecasters.

More than 1,500 snow plows were out in New York City this morning, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said Saturday that the city was faring well during its first major snowfall of the year.

"The snow storm does not, at the moment anyway, seem to be as severe as we predicted," Bloomberg said.

Officials said crews in Pennsylvania and New Jersey began salting the roads around midnight and started to plow shortly after.

Many airports in the region are experiencing delays and flight cancellations, the worst of those at New York's LaGuardia and Philadelphia International according to the Federal Aviation Administration. reports nearly 800 flights across the country have been cancelled.

By mid-morning, much of the snow throughout the region turned to sleet, and forecasters said, with a slight warm-up expected in the afternoon, refreezing of the roads tonight could cause some major problems for drivers.

Officials in Seattle said they are now dealing with flooding after the snow and ice brought by the storm began melting.

Parts of the Northeast saw their first significant snowfall in October, cutting off power to more than 3 million homes and businesses throughout New England.

The worst of those outages in Connecticut where some were without power for more than a week.

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