Nor’Easter Could Paralyze Northeastern US: 35+ Million In Blizzard’s Path

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A winter storm approaches the eastern United States in a satellite image released January 26, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning 1 p.m. EST on Monday. The storm will worsen overnight into Tuesday morning. NOAA/REUTERS

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
Since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…”

 

A strong winter storm is bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States bringing cold, cold temps and snow – LOTS of snow.

More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.

Snow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity in New York City by midafternoon as flurries began in Boston. Forecasters said the storm would build into a blizzard, and the brunt of it would hit late Monday and into Tuesday.

 

In anticipation for what they know is coming, people are making last minute preparations.

As the snow got heavier, much of the region rushed to shut down.

More than 6,500 flights in and out of the Northeast were canceled, and many of them may not take off again until Wednesday. Schools and businesses let out early. Government offices closed. Shoppers stocking up on food jammed supermarkets and elbowed one another for what was left. Broadway stages went dark.

“It’s going to be ridiculous out there, frightening,” said postal deliveryman Peter Hovey, standing on a snowy commuter train platform in White Plains, New York.

The politicians are no exception when it comes to getting ready for the storm.

All too aware that big snowstorms can make or break politicians, governors and mayors moved quickly to declare emergencies and order the shutdown of streets and highways to prevent travelers from getting stranded and to enable plows and emergency vehicles to get through.

“This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned.

He urged New Yorkers to go home and stay there, adding: “People have to make smart decisions from this point on.”

So far this winter has been pretty mild, at least as far as snowfall accumulation is concerned, but this storm will definitely make up for that.

Boston was expected to get 2 to 3 feet of snow, New York 1½ to 2 feet and Philadelphia more than a foot.

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The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile swath of the region, meaning heavy, blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions. Forecasters warned that the wind could gust to 75 mph or more along the Massachusetts coast and up 50 mph farther inland.

New York City’s subways and buses planned to shut down by 11 p.m. In Massachusetts, ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard was greatly curtailed and to Nantucket was suspended. Commuter railroads across the Northeast announced plans to stop running overnight, and most flights out of the region’s major airports were canceled.

Authorities banned travel on all streets and highways in New York City and on Long Island and warned that violators could be fined $300. Even food deliveries were off-limits on the streets of takeout-friendly Manhattan. The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island also slapped restrictions on nonessential travel.

“We learned the lesson the hard way,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, referring to instances in which motorists got stranded in the snow for 24 hours or more.

People are making plans to stay home and out of the weather.

Nicole Coelho, a nanny from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, was preparing to pick up her charges early from school and stocking up on macaroni and cheese, frozen pizzas and milk at a supermarket.

“I’m going to make sure to charge up my cellphone, and I have a good book I haven’t gotten around to reading yet,” she said.

Shopping cart gridlock descended on Fairway, the gourmet grocery on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The meat shelves were all but bare, customers shoved past each other and outside on Broadway the checkout line stretched for a block as the wind and snow picked up. Store employees said it was busier than Christmastime.

Ben Shickel went grocery shopping in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and found shelves had been cleaned out.

“We’re used to these big snowstorms in New England, but 2 to 3 feet all at once and 50 to 60 mph winds? That’s a different story,” he said.

In another possible sign that people were hunkering down at home, Fresh Direct, a grocery delivery service in the Northeast, said it had seen a rise in orders for Movie Day snacks such as microwave popcorn and chocolate chip cookies.

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Bitter Cold, Snow, and Ice to Impact Northeast and Midwest on Sunday into Monday

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It’s a bit early to be discussing it, but there is a blast of bitter cold, snow, and ice coming to the northeast and Midwest from Sunday into Monday.  Accuweather has more…

The storm will deposit snow or a wintry mix in the Ohio Valley Sunday night through Monday morning, including in the cities of Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Snow will also reach as far north as St. Louis and Detroit.

The storm will mainly be a rain event for the Tennessee Valley, but will end as a bit of snow in Clarksville and Nashville, Tennessee.

The storm will swing northeastward moving into the central Appalachians, the mid-Atlantic and New England by Monday.

Enough snow could fall on part of the I-64, I-79, I-80, I-81, I-87 and I-90 corridors to make roads slippery during all or part of the storm.

According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “As cold as it is now in the Interstate-95 swath from Washington, D.C., to New York City and Boston, it will warm up and rain with the storm on Monday.”

Global Warming, having been missing since 1998, had no comment.

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This Week’s Forecast: Global Warming by the Foot!

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If the forecast holds up, global warming is going to cause a ton of snow this week.  So, I guess you can say that we are going to have global warming by the foot! Henry Margusity, from Accuweather, has more…

 

 



As usual, we will keep the coverage going here at the CH 2.0 Bunker. Just beware that this storm has the potential for massive accumulations of global warming. The global warming might also freeze on the roads, causing hazardous travel conditions.  Global warming also has the potential to cause school delays and cancellations, and in extreme amounts, causes traffic to snarl.  Please be careful when dealing with global warming!

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New Round of Global Warming to Strike the Northeast: Storm Will Evolve into Blizzard

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weatherOnce again, we are seeing global warming causing cold and snow in the Northeast.  Accuweather has more…

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-video/dangerous-storm-targets-northe/655578741001

The worst of the storm is likely to be Thursday night in the Northeast but will cause enough snow to make roads slippery as early as Wednesday and Thursday in some locations from the Midwest to New England.

 

The storm is forecast to bring a large area of 6- to 12-inch snowfall beginning near the Pennsylvania/New York state border to a large part of New Jersey and southern New England. This includes the entire metropolitan area of New York City and Long Island, northward to Albany, N.Y., and Scranton, Pa. Over a foot of snow will fall in localized areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut and the cities of Providence, R.I., and Boston.

 

Within the heaviest snow area, the snow will fall at the rate of 2 inches per hour in some locations, making it difficult for plows to keep up.

 

 

A significant, but lesser snowfall is in store farther southwest in Philadelphia, and farther north in Portland, Maine, Burlington, Vt., and Pittsburgh. Around Baltimore and Washington, D.C., where a small amount of snow is forecast, a quick freeze and slippery travel is possible Thursday evening.

 

For many areas this will be a dry, powdery snow. However, along the mid-Atlantic coast and even southern New England coast for a brief time, a wintery mix will occur early. However, as colder air invades the storm, wet areas will freeze and the snow will become powdery.

Here are some snow maps, again, via Accuweather…

jan 2-3storm 2014 1 jan 2-3storm 2014 2I’ll continue to monitor the story, and post updates as they are available.  This is not seen as being a devastating storm, but it will impact millions.

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Winter Storm Alert: 110,000,000 to be Impacted by Global Warming

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snowmen protest global warmingA large Winter Storm (and it is not even Winter yet), is closing in on a large section of the country; from the plains into New England.  In the affected area live 110,000,000 people.  Here are some storm maps from Accuweather. 

snowmap212-14-13 snowmap112-14-13 I would strongly recommend that you keep checking back in with Accuweather to monitor the situation. 

Oh, and waiting for some nut to blame the cold and snow on Global Warming…

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Democrat Uses Oklahoma Tornado to Blame Republicans for Global Warming, Which Hasn’t Happened Since 1998

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In the fine leftist tradition of keeping it classy, and blaming one’s opponents for absolutely every negative event that occurs, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse decided to take the State Senate floor and blame Republicans for the devastating Oklahoma tornado of earlier that same day.  The Daily Caller has the video…

In a very related and completely relevant story, the BBC has again reported what the rest of us have know for some time- That the Earth stopped warming in 1998.

Scientists now say the world stopped heating up in 1998.
The BBC reported:

Scientists say the recent downturn in the rate of global warming will lead to lower temperature rises in the short-term.

Since 1998, there has been an unexplained “standstill” in the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Writing in Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this will reduce predicted warming in the coming decades.

But long-term, the expected temperature rises will not alter significantly.

The slowdown in the expected rate of global warming has been studied for several years now. Earlier this year, the UK Met Office lowered their five-year temperature forecast.

And, of course, the BBC still clung to the alarmist mantle by saying the equivalent of…

Even though the work hasn’t warmed in 15 years, it will, and a lot, just you wait and see. 

I think global warming is the Great Pumpkin of science.  You just have to be sincere enough.


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Heavy Flooding In Argentina, Dozens Dead, Billions in Damages

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Last week, Argentina was struck by record rains, which caused disastrous flooding in the cities of La Plata, and Buenos Aries.  The BBC has more…

Emergency workers in Argentina continue to try to rescue residents stranded by flooding in Buenos Aires and La Plata.

More than 50 people are known to have died after one of the heaviest storms recorded caused flash floods.

Thousands were evacuated from their homes and dozens are still stranded on rooftops, treetops and the roofs of city buses, local media report.

The government has declared three days of national mourning after what it called “an unprecedented catastrophe”.

‘Death trap’

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” provincial governor Daniel Scioli said.

BBC map

“People were taken by surprise, and some didn’t have time to escape this deadly trap,” Mr Scioli said, referring to the speed with which the waters rose.

Provincial officials said 40cm (16in) of rain fell on the city of La Plata in the space of two hours late on Tuesday night.

Earlier, the storm had dumped 15cm of rainfall on the capital, Buenos Aires.

Local officials said at least 48 people were killed in La Plata, six in Buenos Aires and two in its suburbs. The Red Cross said most of the victims had been elderly people who drowned in their homes.

So far, only half of the bodies have been identified and rescue workers fear the number of dead may rise as more bodies are found as the flood waters recede.

The Guardian (UK) has video…




As well all know from recent flooding in PA, as well as the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the immediate disaster is only the beginning for the victims, as they have to try and put their lives back together with rubble as a backdrop.  Then, add inept governments, and the people need all the help they can get.  Here is a link to the Argentine Red Cross, who can help with the victims if this disaster.

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Frankenstorm Update: Hurricane Sandy is Strengthening, Last Minute Preparations Needed

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As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, there is word that she is strengthening.  Here is more from the NY Times…

Forecasters cautioned that the course of the storm could change, but officials from the National Hurricane Center said that it was no longer a question of if the storms would converge — but where and with how much force.

Dr. Knabb of the National Hurricane Center said the storm’s intensity was unlikely to change. “The center of circulation is only going to be a very small part of the story,” he said. “This is not just going to be a coastal event.” People from Virginia northward should be prepared for a “long-duration event,” he said.

Utility companies were rushing to put crews in place to deal with power failures, which state officials warned could be extensive and long lasting. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told residents that they should be prepared to go 7 to 10 days without electricity. On Saturday evening, Amtrak began to cancel train service to parts of the East Coast, including between Washington, D.C., and New York.

Also, Accuweather has some advise for preparations…

-Get prescriptions refilled now, especially if you doctor must approve the refill.

-Vote. If the stronger models are correct, power could still be out in some paces on election day. Regardless, that is one less thing you will need to do. The election will not (and shouldn’t be) postponed.

-If you can get an electrician to install a generator, get it done. Do not try to install a generator yourself. If you don’t have a generator, get a power inverter or two. Radio Shack and similar stores sell them. They are a “poor man’s generator” and will keep your cell phone, laptop, and similar charged.

-Keep your car’s gas tank full. If you have a wood-burning fireplace and you know your chimney is clear, get wood. Keep some indoors to keep it dry during the storm. You may need it to heat your home.

-If you live in a 100-year flood plain (you can check at city hall or your library) or on the coast figure out your evacuation strategy now. Make your list of things you will take with you. Fill a few gas cans (the type you would use for your mower) to have extra in the event of power failures. Purchase extra staples. Without power, stores will be closed.

-Purchase booster batteries for your cell phone and other essential equipment.

-If you need insulin or other medicine that must be kept chilled make plans now. Consider what you would do if you were without electricity for a month. If you have an invalid living with you that requires electricity, there will be areas that will be without power for weeks.

-Be proactive. If you live in a heavily wooded area, does someone in your vicinity have a gasoline-powered chain saw? Does it have fuel and a reasonably good chain/blade? Test it, now.

-Get to an ATM. Without power, credit card readers and ATMs will not be working. In a disaster, cash is king. 

OK then, it appears that things are going to get pretty bad, so it’s best that if you haven’t done any preparations that you do so now.  Your humble admins lives by one simple rule-never live in a flood plain.  However, while the CH 2.0 Bunker is high and dry, a power outage has been planned for.

As for blogging, I may have to try the smart phone.  It won’t be able to do much, but updates will be possible.

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Frankenstorm: Northeast Braces for Monster Storm

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At the time of this writing, tens of millions of Americans are bracing for an potentially powerful combination of a winter storm with hurricane Sandy, labeled “Frankenstorm.”

Here are some excerpts and video…

From Jesse Ferrell of Accuweather…

I said on my WeatherMatrix Facebook Page last night:

“The weather hasn’t ‘scared’ me for a long time, but what I’m seeing tonight on the forecast models, and the seriousness with which I’m seeing famous meteorologists discuss next week’s historic storm, has gotten me a little worried. If you live in any STATE on the East Coast, it’s time to think about preparing for next week’s storm because the track is not certain but the potential devastation seems to be. Tomorrow in my blog I’ll be talking about worst-case scenarios and what you need to be prepared for. Some simple steps can keep next week from being a nightmare for you and your family.”

There were a lot of other “quotables” said in that meeting which will give you some insight into what our meteorologists are thinking. A couple that stood out to me:

– “This will be a catastrophic storm over a large area.”

– “I’m scared about storm surge in NYC, and it will come sooner than people think.”

– “There could be power outages for weeks, and it could affect the election.”

– “The 00Z GFS 900 mb winds essentially show power being knocked out from D.C. to Maine.”

– “This type of storm has never been seen before by meteorologists.”

From Mashable…

From the WaPo…

With computer models locked in on the eventuality of a punishing blow for East Coast from Hurricane Sandy (with the latest model runs favoring the northern mid-Atlantic), analyses suggest this storm may be unlike anything the region has ever experienced.

Model simulations have consistently simulated minimum pressures below 950 mb, which would be the lowest on record in many areas.

“MODELS SHOW PRESSURE WELL BEYOND WHAT HAS EVER BEEN OBSERVED NEAR THE NJ/NY COAST (EVEN EXCEEDING THE 1938 LONG ISLAND EXPRESS [HURRICANE])”, writes NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC).

From the Weather Channel..

I’ll be keeping up with this story with more posts. I obviously have a personal interest, as the CH 2.0 bunker is in the target area.

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October Nor-Easter Update: 2.5 million without power

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Here is some wrap-up on the nor-easter that hit yesterday…

 


 

 The Weather Channel has more details…

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — An unusually early and powerful nor’easter dumped wet, heavy snow Saturday from the mid-Atlantic to New England, toppling leafy trees and power lines and knocking out electricity to more than 2 million homes and businesses.

Communities inland were getting hit hardest, with eastern Pennsylvania serving as the bull’s-eye for the storm. West Milford, N.J., about 45 miles northwest of New York City, had received 15.5 inches of snow by Saturday night, while Plainfield, Mass., had gotten 14.3 inches. New York City’s Central Park set a record for both the date and the month of October with 1.3 inches of snow.

More than 2.3 million customers lost power from Maryland north through Massachusetts, and utilities were bringingand utilities were bringing in crews from other states to help restore it. More than half a million residents in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut were without power, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. By late Saturday, the storm had vacated most of Pennsylvania and was tracking northeast.


 

As for the conditions at the CH 2.0 Bunker, the storm shifted further east, so we got only approximately 3 inches of global warming. We got off lucky, but 2.5 million did not. Hopefully, the utilities will be able to get the power back on soon. But, from previous experience, we know that for some in outlying areas, it might be a very long time before everything is restored.

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Northeast Snow Update: It's coming down, some areas getting large acumulations

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Well, it’s coming down.  We have some coverage here at the CH 2.0 bunker.  Note this pic of the CH 2.0 picnic table, taken at 2:00pm…

Here is some coverage from Accuweather…

According to AccuWeather.com Facebook fan Meg M., “Looks like Mother Nature has today’s “whiteout” covered at Beaver Stadium!”

As of 2:00 p.m. EDT Saturday, steady snow extends from central Pennsylvania through southeastern New York to Connecticut and interior Massachusetts.

An intense band of snow, creating poor visibility for motorists, was draped across central Pennsylvania in between State College and Harrisburg.

**Snowfall amounts thus far include 10 inches at Ogletown, Pa.; 9.5 inches at Frostburg, Md., and 8.5 inches at Lost River, W. Va.**

**Tens of thousands of people are without power across Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.**

Today’s storm will shatter records in terms of its early season arrival and the unprecedented amounts of snow associated with it.

Through tonight, as the storm strengthens, a slight drop in temperature will allow a change over to heavy, wet snow over much of the Northeast.

And let me guess, the cold required to create this snow was caused by warming, right?

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Will Another Tropical System Hit the Northeast with Flooding Rains?

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Possibly, according to Accuweather.

As a large area of high pressure over the mid-Atlantic states weakens and shifts northeastward early this week, the aforementioned low pressure system will shift north as well.

The associated flood threat will shift from Florida into parts of Georgia and South Carolina on Monday.

Cities such as Savannah, Charleston and Augusta could receive upwards of 2-4 inches of rainfall Monday into Monday night, which is enough to cause localized flooding.

Flooding rains will shift into the remainder of the Carolinas Monday night into Tuesday before threatening the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by midweek.

A renewed threat for flooding rains is “is the last thing residents of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast want to hear.” According to Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

Only a month has passed since torrential rain from once-Tropical Storm Lee causeddevastating flooding along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and New York.

I’ll keep watching this story, and post again when there are development.  The Northeast can ill-afford more flooding rain.  Personally, I hope the storm rains itself out prior to arriving.  The good news is that it will not develop into a hurricane, which would have added even more damage potential.

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Wyoming Valley Flood Update: Damage Revealed as Susquehanna Recedes, and a Fatality

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As the Susquehanna returns  to below flood stage, we are seeing some of the damage for the first time.   Here is a WNEP video of the damage in Falls, which was cut off and isolated by the flood waters.

 
Many of these smaller communities were completely cut off by flood waters, and only now is the devastation visible.

Some, at least as of yesterday, some people are still cut off…

And, sadly, there was at least one fatality in all of the flooding…

 
Of course, our prayers go out to this woman’s family. The local Red Cross has been incredibly active, not only providing shelter for thousands, but now helping out with cleaning supplies for the clean up. If you’d like to make a donation, the local chapter’s website can by found here.

The levees in the valley cities held, and held against more than design tolerance. That is the primary difference between the current event, and the Agnes Flood in 1972. Then, the valley was protected by a levee designed after another flood in the 1930’s. Agnes, however, overwhelmed that system. The current system, was designed to protect against an Agnes type event, with a foot or so to spare. Thankfully, it did just that. However, while the cities stayed dry, the outlying areas were hit hard. Kindly consider making a donation.

Also, it must be said that WNEP did an outstanding job, going into 24-hour coverage for most of the crisis.

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Wyoming Valley Flood Update: Road Closures Continue

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Here is the most recent list of roads closed due to flood conditions, via WNEP.  Since the site has received so much local traffic over the last few days, I thought to share this.  Stay safe.  While flooding conditions are improving, there are still some dangerous spots.

SR 6 from SR 3011 (Madigan Road) in Burlington Township to SR 4001 (Saco Road) in North Towanda Township

SR 6 in Burlington and West Burlington townships, from Berwick Turnpike to Bailey Corners Road

SR 6 from SR 187 at Wysox to Valley Road in Standing Stone Township

SR 6 in Troy Township from SR 14 to SR 3032 (Mud Creek Road)

SR 6 from Bridge Street in Wyalusing Borough to Moravian Road in Wyalusing Township

SR 154 from the Sullivan County line to Main Street in Canton Borough

SR 187 in Asylum Township from Kilmer Hill Road to North Street

SR 187 in Orwell Township (bridge out) one-quarter mile north of Orwell Hill Road

SR 187 in Windham Township from SR 1049 to the New York state line

SR 187 from Wyalusing New Albany Road to the Wyoming County line

SR 199 from SR 220 in Athens Township to Pine Street in Athens Borough

SR 220 closed in Monroeton from Church Street to SR 414

SR 220 from Overton Road in New Albany from Laddsburg Hill Road in Albany Township

SR 414 from SR 3013 (Grange Road) in Franklin Township to Main Street in Monroeton

SR 414 in Leroy Township, from East Canton Road to Windfall Road

SR 514 in Granville Township, from Rockwell Hill Road to Spencer Hill Road

SR 1002 (Turkey Path Road) in Tuscarora Township, from SR 1007 (Spring Hill Road) to SR 367

SR 1007 in Tuscarora and Stevens townships, from SR 1001 to SR 1003

SR 1017 (Herrickville Road) in Herrick Township, from SR 706 at Camptown to Arey Road

SR 1029 (Lake Hill Road) in Wysox Township from SR 187 to SR 1031 (Wesauking Road)

SR 1029 (Lake Hill Road) from SR 1046 (Bumpville Road) in Rome Township to North Rome Road in Litchfield Township

SR 1040 (Cadis Road) in Warren Township, from Leraysville Road to the New York state line

SR 1043 (Sheshequin Road) from Front Street in Athens Township to the New York state line in Litchfield Township

SR 1043 (Sheshequin Road) in Sheshequin Township, from SR 1022 (Ghent Hill Road) to Ridge Road

SR 1043 (Sheshequin Road) from Bradley Road in Sheshequin Township to Orange Hill Road in Athens Township (mud and rock slides)

SR 1049 (Leraysville Road) in Pike, Warren and Windham townships, from SR 467 to SR 187

SR 1055 (Battle Creek Road) from SR 187 at Rome to Cotton Hollow Road

SR 1055 (Battle Creek Road) in Rome Township, (bridge out) between C Harrington Road and North Orwell Road

SR 1056 (Front Street) in Athens Township, from SR 199 to North Rome Road

SR 1067 (Hill Road) in Litchfield Township, from Cotton Hollow Road to Litchfield Road

SR 1069 (Elmira Street) in Athens Borough, at Pine Street; SR 2007 (Wilmot Road) from SR 2011 (Marsh Road) in Terry Township to SR 2009 (Ambrosious Road) in Wilmot Township

SR 2010 (Wyalusing New Albany Road) between SR 187 and SR 6; SR 2010 (Wyalusing New Albany Road) from Gravel Pit Road to Oak Hill Road

SR 3003 (Ellenton Mountain Road) in Canton Township, from Barnes Hill Road to Brague Road

SR 3008 (Southside Road) from Mill Street in Leroy Township to SR 414 in Franklin Township

SR 3013 (Grange Road) in Franklin Township from Creamery Road to Alexander Road

SR 3017 (Allen Meadow Road) from SR 514 in Granville Township to Pension Road in Franklin Township

SR 3024 (Fairview Road) in West Burlington Township, from Bailey Corners Road to Hanks Road

SR 3028 (Cowley Road) in Granville Township, from Windfall Road to SR 514

SR 3029 (Gulf Road) in Granville and Troy Townships

SR 4007 (Mac Road) from SR 6 in Burlington Borough to SR 4001 (Shotgun Hollow Road) in SmithfieldTownship

SR 4018 (Wolcott Hollow Road) from Mile Lane Road in Ridgebury Township to SR 220 in Athens Township

SR 4020 (Mile Lane Road) in Athens Township from Wilawana Road to Highland Road

SR 4022 (Wilawana Road) in Athens Township from Elmira Street to the New York state line.

 

Carbon County

Fritz Valley Road/Mill Road between PA 443 and PA 902 in Mahoning Township due to flooding

Country Club Road between routes 443 and 902 in Mahoning Township due to flooding

PA 902 between Mahoning Drive in Mahoning Township and Blakeslee Blvd. in

Lehighton Borough is closed due to flooding.

 

Columbia County

SR 11 between Market Street in Bloomsburg and SR 42

SR 42 from Millville Road in Hemlock Township to Black Run Road in Madison Township

SR 42 from Grovania Drive in Montour Township to the SR 11 on ramp

SR 42 in Catawissa between SR 487 and Mountain Road

SR 339 from Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin Township to Broad Street in Nescopeck

SR 339 in Main Township, from Mainville Drive to Mt. Pink Road

SR 487 from Airport Road to SR 11 at Bloomsburg

SR 487 between Catawissa and SR 54 at Elysburg, flooding near Southern Columbia School

SR 1010 (Hosler Road/Eckrote Road) in North Centre Township, from Cabin Run Road to Shelhamer Road

SR 1017 (Lake Road) in Briar Creek Township, from SR 93 to Evansville Road

SR 1020 (Winding Road) in Fishing Creek Township, from Asbury Road to Harrison Road

SR 1022 (Zaners Bridge Road) in Fishing Creek Road, from SR 487 to the Luzerne County line

SR 2001 (Ideal Park Road/Mill Road) from Duke Road in Roaring Creek Township to Gobster Pond Road in Locust Township

SR 2004 (Center Street) from SR 61 in Centralia to theSchuylkill County line

SR 2005 (Slabtown Road) from Ideal Park Road in Locust Township to Numidia Drive in Catawissa Township

SR 2018 (Sycamore Road/Main Street/Church Street) from Fourth Street in Catawissa to Mainville Drive in Main Township

SR 3001 (Fisherdale Road) in Cleveland Township, from Bear Gap Road to Middle Road

SR 3001 (Tyson School Road/Fisherdale Road) from Ashton Hollow Road in Cleveland Township to SR 42 in Locust Township

SR 3003 (Ashton Hollow Road/Orchard Drive) from Middle Road in Cleveland Township to Mt. Zion Road in Franklin Township

SR 3004 from SR 61 to the Northumberland County line; SR 3008 (Bear Gap Road) in Cleveland Township, from Power Line Road to White Church Road

SR 3010 (Middle Road) in Cleveland Township, between Bear Gap Road and Ashton Hollow Road

SR 3012 (Mt. Zion Road) in Franklin Township, from theMontour County line to SR 42 in Catawissa

SR 3014 (Susque View Road) in Franklin Township, from Mt. Zion Road

SR 4002 (Legion Road/Grovania Drive) in Montour Township, from SRs 42 to 11

SR 4008 (Back Branch Road) in Mount Pleasant Township from Millertown Road to White Church Road

SR 4009 (Millville Road) from Main Street in Bloomsburg to Mall Boulevard

SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Greenwood Township, from Bottom Road to Old State Road

SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Mount Pleasant Township, from Rolling Hills Drive to Turner Highview Road

SR 4012 (Peppermill Road) in Hemlock and Madison townships, from Columbia Hill Road to SR 44

SR 4023 (Spruce Run Road) in Madison Township, from intersection of SR 254 to Ants Hill Road

SR 4025 (Ants Hill Road) in Madison Township from SR 44 to Liuzza Road

SR 4034 (Mount Pleasant Road) in Orange Township from SR 487 to Sandy Stone Drive

SR 4049 (Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, from Spring Street in Central to the Sullivan County line

 

Lackawanna County
SR 3005 is closed in both directions between the Luzerne County line and Evergreen Drive in Ransom

Luzerne County
Interstate 80, East and West, is NOW OPEN in both Luzerne and Columbia Counties.  We have no report of I-80 being closed at any other location in Pennsylvania

SR 11 is closed in both directions between Spruce Street in Salem and Susquehanna Ave in West Pittston

SR 11 South is closed between the intersections from 4016/0260 SH in Hunlock to Columbia County (19)

SR 11 North is closed between the intersections of Walnut St in Berwick to the intersections of 239/188 SH in Shickshinny

SR 29 is closed in both directions between US 11 North and Hartman Road in Lehman

SR 29 is closed in both directions between Exit 3 (Nanticoke) and Exit 2 (Wilkes Barre/Alden)

SR 239 is closed in both directions between SR 3036/80 in Nescopeck and US 11 in Conyngham

SR 339 is closed in both directions between Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin and Broad Street in Nescopeck

SR 415 is closed in both directions between Lake Drive in Harvey’s Lake and SR 29 in Noxen

SR 1021 (8th Street Bridge in Wyoming) is closed.

SR 1009 (Market Street) is closed in both directions between SR 11 (Wyoming Ave) in Kingston and River Street/Market Street in Wilkes Barre

SR 2001 (Ashley Street/St. Mary’s Road) is closed in both directions between W. Cemetery Street in Ashley and Main St. in Hanover

SR 2002 West (Main St/ Sans Souci Parkway) is closed at the intersections of Dundee Rd in Hanover to the intersection of Market St/+Main St in Nanticoke

SR 2002 West (Main Street/Sans Souci Parkway) is closed between the intersection of Trailer Park Road in Hanover and Market Street/Main Street in Nanticoke

SR 2002 East (Main Street/Sans Souci Parkway) is closed between Kosciuszko Ave/Jefkin Street in Nanticoke and Trailer Park Road in Hanover

SR 2004 (River Street/Main Street/Carey Ave) is closed between Carey Street in Plains and Thompson Street in Jenkins

SR 2004 (River/Main/Carey Ave) is closed in both directions between Haines Street and Poplar Street in Plains

SR 2006 (Main Street) is closed in both directions between Phoenix Street and Stephenson Street in Duryea

SR 3004 (Main St/Newport St./Kirmar Ave) is closed in both directions between PA 239 (Main St/Pond Hill Rd) in Conyngham and Gruver Street/Alden Mountain Road in Newport

SR 3008 (Ruckle Hill Road/Blytheburn Road) is closed in both directions between SR 239 (Miner Street) in Conyngham and Schmids Road in Slocum

SR 3015 (Broad Street/Black Street) is closed in both directions between  West Zenith and SR 339 (Broad Street) in Nescopeck due to flooding and downed utility

SR 4004 (W. Butler Street/Shickshinney Valley Rd) is closed in both directions between Saw Mill Road and Carson Lane in Salem.

SR 4013 (Mossville RD) is closed in both directions at the intersection of Bethel Hill Rd in Fairmount to the intersection of 118 (PA-118) SR 118 SH in Fairmount

SR 4015 (Bethel Hill Road) is closed in both directions between Mossville Road and Johnson/Talcott Hill Road in Fairmount

 

 Lycoming County

 

SR 87 from SR 973 at Loyalsockville to Route 220 at Dushore in Sullivan County

SR 220 from SR 405 in Hughesville to SR 42 at Muncy Valley in Sullivan County

SR 973 from SR 287 at Salladasburg to Lycoming Creek Road

SR 973 in Eldred Township, from Yeagle Road to SR 87; SR 973 in Mifflin Township, at Salladasburg between SR 287 and Jobs Run Road

SR 1002 (Trout Run Mountain Road) from Rose Valley Road to SR 14

SR 1003 (Wallis Run Road) from SR 973 at Slabtown to Murray Run Road in Gamble Township

SR 1004 (Southard Road/Field Station Road/Beech Valley Road) from SR 14 to Rose Valley Road

SR 2014 (Broad Street) in Montoursville, between Warrensville Road and Loyalsock Avenue, also the I-180 WB on-ramp from Broad Street is closed

SR 2014 (John Brady Drive) from Industrial Parkway in Muncy Creek Township to Water Street in Muncy Borough

SR 2039 (Warrensville Road) from East Third Street to Four Mile Drive

SR 2053 (Rabbit Town Road) in Muncy and Wolf townships, from SR 220 to SR 864

SR 2055 (Chippewa Road) in Muncy Creek Township, from SR 405 to East Lime Bluff Road

SR 2067 (Wallis Road) in Moreland Township, from SR 442 to Dairy Farm Road

SR 2069 (Moreland Township Road) in Moreland Township, from Old Lairdsville Road to SR 118

SR 2073 (Beaver Lake Road) from SR 220 in Wolf Township to Green Valley Road in Penn Township

SR 2077 (Beaver Run Road) in Franklin Township from SR 118 to Beaver Lake Road in Penn Township

SR 3007 (Pine Run Road) in Woodward Township, from SR 220, south

SR 4001 (Little Pine Creek Road) from SR 44 in Cummings Township to SR 287 in Pine Township

 

 

Montour County

SR 11 from Bald Top Road in Mahoning Township to County Line Road in Union County

SR 54 from north of Washingtonville to SR 44 east of Turbotville

SR 2008 (Bloom Road) in Mahoning Township, from Schoolhouse Road to Woodbine Lane

SR 3004 (Pottsgrove Road) in Liberty Township, between SR 45 and SR 642

SR 4003 (Strick Road) in Limestone Township, from Landis Road to Ziegler Road

SR 4001 (County Line Road) in Limestone Township

 

Northampton County

 Route 611 between Durham Road inRiegelsville Borough,Bucks County and South Third Street in the City ofEaston due to flooding

Green Pond Road between Farmersville Road and South Country Club Road inBethlehem Township due to flooding

PA 611 between Lower Mud Run Road and Main Street in LowerMount Bethel Township due to flooding

PA 611 between Coffeetown Road and Mill Street in Williams Township due to flooding

Lehigh Drive between Adamson Street and Hugh Moore Park Road in City of Easton due to flooding

Green Pond Road between Farmersville Road and South County Club Road inBethlehem Township due to flooding.

 

Northumberland County

  

SR 45 from SR 405 to SR 147 at Montandon

SR 61 in Upper Augusta Township, from Black Mill Road to SR 890

SR 61 (Front Street) along the Susquehanna River at Sunbury

SR 61 at the Hamilton Underpass just outside of Sunbury; SR 61 between Sunbury and SR 225 at Shamokin

SR 147 from the SR 225 connector in Lower Mahanoy Township to just south of Sunbury in Upper Augusta Township

SR 147 from Boyles Run Road in Lower Augusta Township to SR 4018 in Upper Augusta Township

SR 405 from SR 147 to SR 45 near Montandon

SR 405 from Tenth Street in Milton to Susquehanna Trail in Turbot Township

SR 487 from SR 54 at Elysburg to SR 42 in Catawissa

SR 1005 (Seagrave Drive) in Delaware Township, between Eighth Street Drive and SR 54

SR 1014 (Brimmer Avenue) in Watsontown, from Main Street to the river bridge

SR 1015 (Paradise Street) from SR 44 at Turbotville to SR 1016 in Turbot Township

SR 1024 (Ridge Road) in Point Township, from Spruce Hollow Road to Roush Drive/Mountain Road

SR 1031 (Housels Run Road) in West Chillisquaque Township, from SR 45 to Sodom Road

SR 2002 (Boyd Station Road) in Rush Township, from SR 54 to the Montour County line

SR 2001 (Little Roaring Creek Road/Sharp Ridge Road) in Rush Township; SR 2003 (Logan Run Road) in Rush Township, between Hill Road and Warner Road

SR 2016 (Reading Turnpike RD) from SR 61 in Shamokin Township to SR 2018 in Ralpho Township

SR 2018 (Airport Road) in Ralpho Township from SR 54 to Reading Turnpike Road

SR 2020 (Mountain Road) in Ralpho Township, between SR 61 and Reading Turnpike Road

SR 2022 (School House Road) in Shamokin Township, from Hollow Road to Irish Valley Road

SR 2040 (7th Street) in Mount Carmel Borough from SR 61 to Ashland Road

SR 3006 (Herndon Bypass Road) in Jackson Township, from SR 147 to SR 225

SR 3024 (Mahantango Creek Road) in Lower Mahanoy Township, from SR 147 to Malta Road

SR 3012 in Jackson and Lower Mahanoy townships – the SR 225/SR 147 connector

SR 4001 (Sunbury Road) from East Sunbury Road in Rush Township to SR 54 inRiverside Borough

SR 4002 (Kipps Run Road) inRiverside from Pine Swamp Hollow Road to Trailer Park Road

SR 4004 (Mile Post Road) in Upper Augusta Township, from Shikellamy Avenue to Mount Pleasant Road

SR 4012 (Snydertown Road) from Reagan Street in Sunbury to Market Street in Snydertown

SR 4020 (Hallowing Run Road) in Rockefeller Township, from Dornsife Mountain Road to SR 890

SR 4026 (Irish Valley Road) in Shamokin Township, between Hollow Road and SR 61

 

 Schuylkill County

Route 125 between Penndye Street in Pine Grove Borough and the beginning of Route 125 due to flooding

Route 645 between Suedberg Road in Pine Grove Township and Meckville Road in Bethel Township due to flooding

Gold Mine Road between the Dauphin County line in Tremont Township and Greenwood/Clarks Valley Road in Porter Township due to flooding

 

Snyder County

SR 11 from the SR 15 split at Tedd’s Landing to Duke Street in Northumberland

SR 2009 (Middlecreek Road) in Penn Township, from Market Street to SR 35

 

Sullivan County

SR 87 from Route 220 at Dushore to I-180 in Lycoming County

SR 154 from SR 220 at Laporte to SR 87 at Forksville

SR 220 from SR 405 in Hughesville to Muncy Valley

SR 2001 (Beaver Lake Road) in Davidson Township, from the Lycoming County line to SR 42

SR 2002 (Nordmont Road) in Davidson Township, between Brown Hill Road and Long Brook Road

SR 3005 from the Lycoming County line in Shrewsbury Township to SR 87

SR 4001 (Elk Creek Road) from SR 154 at Lincoln Falls to SR 87 in Hillsgrove Township

SR 4005 (Middle Road) in Fox Township, from Mountain Road to SR 154

SR 4014 from SR 154 in Elkland Township to Mill View Mountain Road in Forks Township

  Susquehanna County

SR 11 is closed in both directions from SR 1029 Hallstead to the New York State Line.  Please note: River Bridge on SR 11 is now open.

SR 92 is closed in both directions between Westfall Ave in Susquehanna Depot and Riverside Drive in Oakland

SR 92 is closed in both directions between SR 2067 and SR 2075 in Gibson

SR 167 (PA-167) is closed in both directions between intersections of SR 2015 SH in Bridgewater to the intersection of Williams Rd in Bridgewater.

SR 171 is closed in both directions between High Street in Oakland and Hawkins Pond Road in Great Bend

SR 1009 (Viaduct Street/Starrucca Creek Road/Main Street) is closed in both directions between King Hill Road inHarmony and Jefferson Street in Lanesboro

SR 1010 (Harmony Road) is closed in both directions between Main Street in Oakland and Main Street in Hallstead

SR 1015 (Main Street/River Road) is closed in both directions between Viaduct Street and Germantown Road in Lanesboro

SR 1033 (New York Ave/Church St) is closed in both directions between Main St in Hallstead and unnamed Rd in Great Bend.

SR 1037 is closed in both directions between the intersections of SR 1018 SH in Franklin and the intersection of New York Ave in Hallstead.

SR 2006 (Mack Rd) is closed in both directions between SR 2015  and SR 2013 inBrooklyn

SR 3019 is closed in both directions between the intersections of Tyler Hill Rd in Dimock to intersection of Elk Lake School Rd

 

Tioga County

SR 328 in Jackson Township, from Wales Road to Hudson Hill Road

SR 1007 (Elk Run Road) from Ashley Hill Road in Sullivan Township to Reynolds Road in Rutland Township

SR 1018 (Warner Road/Pony Hill Road) in Jackson Township, from SR 328 to Middle Road

 

Union County

SR 45 in East Buffalo Township, from SR 15 to the Northumberland County line

SR 1005 (River Road) in Kelly Township, from SR 15 to Water Street

 

Wayne County

SR 196 is closed in both directions between Keystone Road in Lake and PA 296 (Easton Tpk/Gravity Hill Road) in South Canaan

SR 1011 is closed in both directions between Perkins Pond Road and Gobblers Knob Lane in Berlin

SR 1031 is closed in both directions between Conklin Hill Road and Swago Road in Damascus.  This is a long-term bridge closure.  Anticipated opening, April 2012.

Large and heavy vehicles should avoid SR 2009 Between PA 6 and SR 1005 due to road conditions.

 

Wyoming County

SR 6 is closed in both directions between Canal Street and Mowry Street in Meshoppen

SR 29 is closed in both directions between Beaver Street in Noxen and Bigelow Lane in Monroe Township

SR 29 is closed in both directions between Maple Street and Tannery Street in Noxen

SR 29 is closed in both directions between SR 118 and Lake Road in Noxen

SR 29 is closed in both directions between SR 292 in Eaton and US 6 in Tunkhannock

SR 29 is closed in both directions between Creamery Road in Liberty and the end of the road

SR 87 is closed in both directions between PA 187 in North Branch and SR 87/240 in Mehoopany

SR 87 is closed in both directions between Private Road and Sugar Hollow Road in Mehoopany

SR 92 is closed in both directions near Osterhout Road in Tunkhannock

SR 92 is closed in both directions between King Road  and Ofier Road in Exeter

SR 267 is closed in both directions from the beginning of the road to Boro Rd in Meshoppen

SR 2001 (SR 2001 SH) is closed in both directions between the intersection of SR 2018 SH in Monroe to Wyoming County (65)

SR 2007 (Keelersburg Road) is closed in both directions between SR 29 and Barziloski Road in Eaton

SR 2008 (Sand Plant Road) is closed in both directions between SR 92 and Sandy Valley Drive in Falls

SR 3001 is closed in both directions between SR 87 and Gameland Parking Area in Forkston.  This is a long-term closure

SR 3002 is closed in both directions between Sorber Mountain Road and Main Street/School Street in Noxen.  This is a long-term closure

SR 3005 (Eaton Road) is closed in both directions between SR 29 and Private Drive in Eaton

SR 4013 (Bowbridge Road) is closed in both directions between SR 858 and Quarry Road in Apolacon

SR 4018 (Maple Ave) is closed in both directions between the Bradford County line and PA 858 (Main Street) in Little Meadows

PennDOT warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because the water may be deeper than it looks, and to never drive around barricades or signs on closed roads – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
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Wyoming Valley Flooding 6:00 Update: Levee Breach in Danville, Workers Working to Brace Wall in Forty Fort

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While the Susquehanna has crested, the danger is not over.  Danville suffered a breach in their levee….

A breach has been reported in a levee in Montour County.

The breach has led to flooding at Danville Middle School

The Susquehanna River’s crest at Danville hit a near-record height.

Crews have been called to sandbag to protect the area near the school, but the school itself is surrounded by water.

Then, the levee in Forty Fort, a town in the Wyoming Valley, has been the focus of a great deal of attention.  Apparently, water is seeping up from below the levee itself…

 
There are, of course, a great deal of rumors flying that the levee will breach. That is a serious matter, as a breach there would flood the neighboring towns of Kingston and Wyoming. Kingston, in particular, was devastation by the Agnes Flood in 1972, with nearly all of the properties in town sustaining damage.  Here is more from the Times-Leader…

 

Emergency personnel fighting levee seepage in Forty Fort

 

By STEVE MOCARSKY smocarsky@timesleader.com

FORTY FORT – Emergency personnel are working to stop water in the Susquehanna River from seeping under a section of dike along River Street between Ransom Street and Wyoming Avenue.

Personnel from local fire companies, the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were on the scene before 3 a.m. and were preparing to bring in sandbags to stack against the levee wall

 

 
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Agnes Flood, it occurred in 1972, and was, at the time, the worst natural disaster (in terms of cost) in US history. The levee system, built in response to the Agnes flood, did prevent this event from equaling that historic flood in damages.  Hopefully, it will continue to do so.  I did watch a TV interview with the local Army Corps of Engineers commander, who stated that he had not seen as severe a situation in his career, and that the valley’s levee system is withstanding more force than any other similar Corps project.  It’s scary, as well as impressive, to be honest.

West Pittston is one of the harder hit areas.  It was not protected by the levee, so the Susquehanna had it’s way with the town.  Here are some more pictures of that town, as well as others, from WNEP.

West Pittston

West Pittston

Wyalusing

“Slab Town” Bridge

Fernville Bridge

In case I have not been clear, I the pictures that I have been posting are not just from the Wyoming Valley.  I have posted pictures from at least five COUNTIES in NE PA.  The event was not limited to the valley cities, like West Pittston.  It is a wide area, with tens of thousands effected.  It’s the scope of the disaster that is so incredible.

 

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