Entries in Winds (6)


Nor'easter Sets Back Recovery from Superstorm Sandy

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Many Northeast residents still reeling from superstorm Sandy were left in the dark again on Wednesday after a nor'easter blew over the region.

For many frustrated residents in New York and New Jersey, who had just recently gotten power back and were drying off after being inundated with flood waters, the storm was the last thing they needed.

"I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Wednesday.

The nor'easter brought wet snow, sleet, rain and wind gusts that reached up to 54 mph on Long Island, N.Y., Wednesday afternoon through the evening.

Con Ed said on Thursday the storm knocked out power to approximately 55,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County.

The Long Island Power Authority said "last night's storm has caused additional damage and power outages."  Its current outage tally -- from both Sandy and the nor'easter -- stands at more than 206,000 customers.

In New Jersey, Christie ordered evacuations along the southern coastline before the storm.

"We may take a step back in the next 24 hours," he said.  "You need to be prepared for that.  I'm prepared for that.  I hate setbacks.  I don't tolerate them usually very well but this one I can't control."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered all parks, playgrounds and beaches closed and all construction sites to be secured.  On Tuesday evening, he ordered three nursing homes and an adult-care facility evacuated from Queens' vulnerable Rockaway peninsula.

"It is a good idea to stay indoors," Bloomberg warned on Wednesday.  "Hurricane Sandy weakened trees and storm debris blow around dangerously."

The nor'easter is winding down Thursday morning for New Jersey and New York, but snow will continue on Thursday for parts of New England, where an additional 2 to 6 inches are possible.

New Haven, Conn., was walloped on Wednesday with more than 10 inches of snow, while more than 4 inches fell in Central Park and near 6 inches in Newark, N.J.

The highest recorded wind gust was 76 mph in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

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Hot Air Balloon Knocked Down by Strong Winds

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- An early morning hot air balloon ride ended in near disaster for five people Tuesday after the balloon they were riding in crashed to the ground in a field outside Scottsdale, Ariz.

The balloon’s precarious position in the sky was first spotted shortly after 7 a.m. by a helicopter reporter for local TV station KTVK, who described the scene as “terribly wrong.”

“I knew something wasn’t right,” said the reporter, Tammy Rose.

A camera captured the balloon as it began to sway in the sky after it got caught up in winds as strong as 20 mph.  The wind gust knocked the balloon, and its five passengers, to the ground.

“They actually hit the ground several times,” said Rose. “You could see something had gone terribly wrong.”

The balloon and basket holding the passengers were dragged between 800 and 900 feet through a field on the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation where the crash occurred.  After kicking up a dust storm of its own on the field, the basket came to a stop on its side, according to KTVK.

The five people presumed to be on board all emerged from the deflated balloon unscathed and declined medical attention.

The pilot called the crash a “textbook high-wind landing” and reportedly warned passengers ahead of time that they could experience a rough landing due to the weather.

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Santa Ana Winds Blow Eastward; SoCal Still Under Advisory

Strong winds knocked down this tree in Arcadia, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. KABC-TV(PASADENA, Calif.) -- The strong Santa Ana winds -- deemed the worst in 10 years -- that blasted through Southern California and much of the West on Thursday are blowing their way eastward after leaving a trail of damage behind them.

Gusts over 100 miles an hour were clocked in several states, knocking down trees, power lines and even semi-trailer trucks.

The storm is now expected to inch farther east, hitting states like Oklahoma, Missouri and Indiana.  But California isn't out of the woods just yet.  A high wind advisory remains in effect until Friday afternoon over much of Southern California.

Along with the threat of a second punch of high winds, firefighters in Southern California are also making preparations in case wildfires erupt on Friday.

"We're gonna have 200 additional firefighters on duty tomorrow, including additional hand crews, aircrafts and engines.  We'll be ready," said a Los Angeles County fire official.

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Severe Weather Dampens Thanksgiving Travel Plans

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As millions of travelers take to the roads and skies for the Thanksgiving holiday, two major storms are slated to hit the Northeast and Northwest, potentially causing major delays on the highways and at the airports of the nation's largest transportation hubs.

As for the Northeast, a storm is currently moving through the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic and onto New England, bringing with it "a wintry mix of precipitation, with a mixture of snow and freezing rain possible from upstate New York into upper New England, with total snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches," according to the National Weather Service.

The rain along the East Coast will lead to minor flooding, gusty winds and heavy snow across northern New England. As much as 6 inches of snow is expected to blanket upstate New York, moving east into parts of Maine. The areas around Burlington, Vt., Concord, N. H., and Portland and Augusta, Maine, will be hit particularly hard.

Approximately 90 percent of the 42.5 million Americans traveling Wednesday will be doing so by car, and if you're one of them, be prepared for wet conditions in the morning. The rain is expected to end by mid to late morning on the East Coast, so the afternoon will be dry with sunshine. Snow and wind will linger through the afternoon in northern New England and coastal Maine.

A total of 12 counties in the Portland, Maine, area are now under advisories, watches or severe weather warnings, ABC News Portland affiliate WMTW reported.

On the West Coast, from Washington to Oregon and into Northern California, major winter storms with flooding are expected, as are damaging winds, heavy mountain snow, bringing the possibility of mudslides and avalanches.

Cities expected to be affected during Wednesday's travel rush include Seattle and Portland, Ore., with San Francisco getting the rain by afternoon.

In Seattle, a powerful cold front brought wind gusts of more than 70 mph, according to ABC News affiliate KOMO. Strong winds knocked out power to thousands across the region, with Puget Sound Energy reporting about 10,000 customers without service.

A fresh storm is expected to hit the Seattle area on Thanksgiving Day, bringing a round of heavy rain, wind and snow.

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Irene Moves On: Rains, Floods Inundate New England

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Severe weather warnings for the East Coast of the United States are now over as Hurricane Irene has been downgraded again and is no longer a tropical system.

Irene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm and spared New York City the devastation many predicted, but it has not been so kind to the towns and cities in its path as it moved inland Sunday.

The force of the storm's winds diminished Sunday, but the torrential rains did not let up, swelling rivers and streams until they burst their banks in upstate New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Downtown Windham, New York was "wiped out" by flooding, with four feet of water rushing through Main Street, said Michael Scarey, the town's fire chief.

Torrential rains that started Saturday night dumped more than 10 inches of water on the normally quiet community, forcing evacuations, submerging school buses and garages, and shutting off access to the rest of the mountaintop.

West of the town, a house was ripped from its foundation and swallowed by the fast moving creek, which slammed it into a bridge.

There were similar scenes in other river towns in the storm's path Sunday, and it is feared that things will only get worse as rivers peak.

In Vermont, Brattleboro, Bennington, Montpelier and other towns had flooding from swollen rivers.

Irene did not cause quite the level of destruction many feared as it churned up the East Coast this weekend, but it packed enough punch to leave at least 20 dead, millions without power and an estimated $7 billion to $13 billion in damages.

After roaring through coastal North Carolina on Saturday, Irene raked the coasts of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey before hitting New York Sunday morning as a tropical storm with 65 mph winds.  By 10 a.m. Sunday, patches of blue sky and sunshine began peeking through in lower Manhattan.

In New York City, the 370,000 residents who were ordered to evacuate their homes were allowed to return on Sunday beginning at 3 p.m.

Close to 2 million people lost power in the New York City area.  The National Grid reported that 19,000-plus homes in Rhode Island lost power, and 6,000-plus homes were without power in Massachusetts.

In lower Manhattan at Wall Street and South Street, water from New York's East River breached the seawall Sunday morning, but has since receded.

Some areas are still prone to tidal flooding and heavy rains will be the ongoing issue as the storm passes through New England Sunday to eastern Canada overnight, FEMA officials said.

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Rain, Winds, Snow Wreak Havoc Along West Coast

Photo Courtesy - Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- West Coast residents are mopping up Thursday from another round of extreme weather that brought strong winds and heavy rain Wednesday to Southern California and blizzard conditions to Arizona.

Parts of Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona are under blizzard warnings Thursday morning, and some areas can expect more than a foot of snow as the storm moves into Colorado.

Southern California residents are still recovering from the last week's storm that brought nearly a year's worth of rain in a week.  Motorists faced downed trees and rolling tumbleweeds resulting from strong winds on Southern California highways and a mudslide closed parts of the 91 freeway at the Riverside County border, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Local engineers are warning communities of the threat of more mudslides and flooding.

In the San Bernardino County town of Highland, homes were already buried in mud from last week's storms.

As a result of the storms, California's acting governor, Abel Maldonado, sent a letter to President Obama requesting a disaster declaration for the state.

While the rain and snow has moved on in California, cold temperatures and strong winds remain in the storm's wake.  A wind warning has been issued for Thursday night into early Friday morning for the passes and canyons near Los Angeles, where near-hurricane strength winds are possible.

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