…As 5 Governors Declare State Of Emergency
UP to 58 million people in the United States could be put into the deep freeze, staring from Monday night through Tuesday and people have been warned to stay off the streets and sidewalks.
Even, the National Weather Service -NWS, which is not known for exaggeration, has been using terms like “life-threatening” and “historic” to describe the weather system taking aim at the Northeast since early Sunday.
Coastal areas including eastern Long Island, Cape Cod and other parts of New England were expected to be battered by winds that could blow nearly as high as a hurricane — the threshold is 74 m.p.h. — leading to possible flooding and widespread power failures that might last for days.
Blizzard and winter storm warnings have been issued from Maryland through Maine and into Canada.
The NWS in Boston reported wind gusts of 62 MPH at Nantucket Airport. At the time, the NWS warned that the strongest winds were still hours away.
Across the region, governors declared states of emergency, deployed National Guard units and prepared fleets of snowplows and salt trucks.
Travel bans have been announced in five states, including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Connecticut.