Northeast Braces for 'Catastrophic' Snowstorm that Walloped South
by Breitbart News 12 Feb 2014, 3:10 PM PDT
A devastating nor'easter snowstorm that walloped the South on Tuesday and left at least eight dead and hundreds of thousands without power is headed to the Northeast, putting much of the region under a winter storm warning until Thursday. The snowstorm is expected to hit Washington, D.C. at around 8 p.m. EST and continue to head north.
What to expect in the Northeast on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning:
Meteorologists expect that "Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia will see 4-8 inches of snow starting Wednesday night and all day Thursday" from Winter Storm Pax while "New York and Boston can expect 3-6 inches." Areas north of those cities may "see a foot or more of snow before the nasty front rolls off the coast of Maine on Friday."
#WEATHER ALERT: 6"-12" inches of snow expected for DC area overnight. Full list of closures at http://t.co/jNDnV2l1PS
— wusa9 (@wusa9) February 13, 2014
Today, President Obama declared an emergency for all counties in the State of South Carolina, at the request of Governor Nikki Haley, authorizing FEMA to support the state in its efforts to respond to the storm. The declaration comes in addition to the President’s Emergency Declaration for 91 counties in the State of Georgia yesterday, at the request of Governor Nathan Deal.
FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team to the Georgia Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, along with liaisons to the state emergency operations centers in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia to facilitate close coordination with the states. FEMA has activated its Regional Response Coordination Centers in Atlanta and Philadelphia, and continues to be in close contact with state, tribal and local partners in impacted and potentially impacted areas and stands ready to support its partners, if requested and needed.
FEMA has also established an Incident Support Base in Augusta, Georgia where additional federal teams are on the ground. Commodities including generators, meals, water, blankets, and cots are being moved to that location. At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States and its territories, including Atlanta, Ga. and Frederick, Md., if needed and requested.