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Winter Storm Riley State by State: Evacuations Ordered for Massachusetts Coast; 350,000 Without Power from Michigan to North Carolina


We expect to lose homes during this storm. If you’re in one of those areas ... Over 75,000 customers were without power in Ohio, while Michigan had over 25,000, according to PowerOutage.us. In Detroit, a number of rush-hour crashes were reported ...


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twitterCreated with Sketch.emailCreated with Sketch.Next ArticleBefore and After Images Show the Magnitude of Flooding in the South, MidwestNewsWinter Storm Riley State by State: Evacuations Ordered for Massachusetts Coast; 350,000 Without Power from Michigan to North CarolinaBy Sean Breslin5 days agoweather.com01:01Clean Up Begins as Power Outages Remain in Winter Storm Riley's WakeResidents along the Eastern Seaboard began their cleanup from a long, deadly weekend, but on Monday, some areas still were not freed from the coastal flooding that will largely be the legacy of Winter Storm Riley.At a GlanceWinter Storm Riley was expected to cause major travel problems Friday and Saturday in the Northeast.Massachusetts GovCharlie Baker activated 200 members of the National Guard in preparation for the storm.Residents along the Massachusetts coast were urged to evacuate by Friday morning.More than 350,000 customers were without power from Michigan to North Carolina. This article is no longer being updatedFor the latest impacts, click here. More than 350,000 customers were without power from Michigan to North Carolina on Friday morning as Winter Storm Riley kicked up winds and dumped snow on its trek northeast, where Massachusetts officials told coastal residents to leave because the powerful nor'easter could destroy homes. “It will be dangerous to remain in the homes,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management director Kurt Schwartz“Not only may rescue not be possible, but homes will be subject to significant structural damageWe expect to lose homes during this stormIf you’re in one of those areas, you need to get out.” In Scituate, where severe impacts were expected from Riley, residents along the shoreline were asked to evacuate by 9 a.mEST Friday morning, NBC Boston reportedDuring a Thursday news conference, Massachusetts GovCharlie Baker said he activated up to 200 members of the National Guard to prepare for storm rescues and recovery. "Some roads in downtown Boston and roads along the coast that usually have flooding issues will likely become impassable for some time," said Baker. (MORE: Check the Forecast for Winter Storm Riley) Residents and business owners filled and stacked sandbags in hopes of lessening the damage from expected coastal floodingMilitary vehicles were prepositioned to help anyone who gets stranded in flooding, Scituate Town Administrator Jim Boudreau told NBC Boston. "Lives may be at risk for people who put themselves in harm's way," said the National Weather Service in a stern warning to residents along the coast. Scituate residents who evacuate were asked to fill out an online form to let authorities know they left their homes and are not missing. "I have a new washer, and my boyfriend just built a wooden platform for itWe got a couple of sump pumps," Hull resident Michelle Shaffer told the AP"This storm is going to be worse because it's going over three high tides," she added, referring to Winter Storm Grayson, which struck the Massachusetts coast with severe flooding in January. Riley's effects were already being felt Thursday evening in the MidwestOver 75,000 customers were without power in Ohio, while Michigan had over 25,000, according to PowerOutage.us. In Detroit, a number of rush-hour crashes were reported, according to The Detroit News, while Wayne State and Oakland universities were among several colleges in the city that canceled classes. Along the New Jersey coast, some residents began to board up their homes Thursday morning in anticipation of the storm, the Associated Press reportedSome beaches are still being repaired from previous storms, and officials fear additional beach erosion could erase some of their progress, the AP also said. "In some cases, we've pumped additional sand in areas under contract, but this would depend on many factors, including but not limited to, severity of storm event, contractual requirements and funding," Army Corps spokesman Steve Rochette told the AP. In New York, GovAndrew Cuomo activated numerous emergency operations centers ahead of the storm in an attempt to respond quickly to any issues brought about, including power outages, which are expected to be widespread in the NortheastThe Department of Transportation is sending 10 plow trucks and 16 drivers up from Long Island to the Southern Tier, WBNG reports. Airlines in the Northeast announced measures to make flight changes easier for those impacted by the nor'easter known as Winter Storm Riley, which is set to arrive in the region on Friday. According to USA Today, change fees have been waived for impacted customers of American, Delta, JetBlue, United and SouthwestThe winter storm was expected to bring widespread delays and cancellations to hubs in the region. 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