Interior New England will receive some snow, but, considering the temperatures across the country behind the storm, it might melt within 48 hours. The snow will be mostly wet and heavy. I would worry about ice as the sun goes down. The Governors were very smart to clear the roads. The winds alone dictates extreme caution. Roofs and trees.
It is a concentrated storm with high velocity. It may move fairly quick off shore. Let's hope. If the snow hangs around and it is wet and heavy, roofs come into play. Same for trees. Trees are high velocity wind issues, too.
I think this might blow through with a lot of rain and snow depending where one is, but, I remain optimistic it will be okay within 36 - 48 hours. Power outage is a given and a reason I never understand why those lines aren't underground. Winds are a new permanent issue these days and that should be considered in infrastructure planning.
Flooding is a given. Flooding is rough when colder temperatures keep people cold and wet. Hypothermia if people are exposed to the water. They need to stay home, high and dry and warm. BODY HEAT if the power fails and blankets and reading material and flashlights. Good family time. Kids love tents. Howling winds make for spooky stories. Local police need to be vigilant for areas without power.
Ya know, there should be a common emergency sign people could place in the window of their home facing the street in front of the home when the power goes out. A placard with a color police could recognize as a family in need of help. We don't have that common idea in the USA. It could save lives. It would help emergency responders. I suppose cell phone towers are fairly dependable even with high wind. People often don't have land lines so when the power goes out their phone doesn't work. A placard would provide a means of communication.
February 8, 2013
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