Winter storm hits East Coast, flights at PDX canceled

Source CNN

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Forecasters have called Winter Storm "Grayson" a "bomb cyclone", as its steep drop in pressure helped create winds gusting at as high as 50 miles per hour. New York's high on Friday will be 15, with a low of 4.

The weather service has issued blizzard warnings for the coast from parts of Rhode Island to ME, but Oravec expects the blizzard warnings could be extended as far south as parts of NY.

The agency that runs New York City-area airports says all flights have been suspended temporarily at JFK and LaGuardia airports due to wind and whiteout conditions.

Several airlines began cancelling flights Wednesday in preparation for the storm. Most of the flights cancelled have East Coast destinations, a statement of the aviation department said.

The snowstorm sweeping up the East Coast is ruining travel plans for many, with thousands of USA flights canceled.

One family traveling from O'Hare to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, was glad the winter storm was not hitting Chicago. Charleston, South Carolina, saw the hightest accumulation of snow since 1989, and power outages were experienced statewide, the Post and Courier reported.

Many governors or local leaders have declared emergencies, and blizzard warnings were in effect in Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Virginia. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service says the storm will probably intensify so rapidly that it will qualify as a "bomb cyclone".

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