2 Nor’easter Storms Clobber Mid-Atlantic and East Coast States

 

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If we learned only one thing from 2017, it was how important it is to prepare. Extreme weather and huge power outages made this more urgent than ever.

I can only hope folks in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast states took this to heart.

Heavy snow and coastal flooding slammed much of the Northeast the past couple of weeks. People lost power from Georgia all the way to Maine.

Brutal winter storms pummeled about 60 million people on the East Coast.

Eight Dead, Millions Without Power

The first storm was so bad people dubbed it a Bomb Cyclone. The storm killed at least eight people on the East Coast. It also cut power to more than 2 million people, says the U.S. Energy Department.

The storm snapped trees like twigs and knocked down power wires. Two days later, there were still floods along the New England coast.

Winds over 90 miles per hour. That’s hurricane-force. Those winds sent seawater into Boston streets, the second time that’s happened this year.

Parts of New York state and Pennsylvania got as much as 18 inches of snow. In one town alone – Quincy, Massachusetts – 100 people were rescued.

Falling Trees Lead to Deaths and Outages

Many of the people killed by the storm died due to fallen trees. Those deaths occurred in six different states. Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Maryland and New York.

Two boys were killed when trees fell on their homes. And a man in New Jersey died when he came in contact with fallen power lines.

Of course, airlines cancelled thousands of flights. They delayed thousands more. There was one flight they should have cancelled. But they didn’t. Many passengers on that flight got sick from the turbulence caused by the storm.

The governors of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Maryland declared states of emergency.

Another Storm Not Far Behind

Then yet another nor’easter struck the East Coast this past Thursday. Even before cleanup could happen from the first one.

Another round of blackouts and treacherous roads.

One 4Patriots reader, Lynne, wrote in to share her first-hand experience of these storms. She told us that conditions were dire in her southern New Hampshire town.

The school she teaches at issued text alerts and phone calls before the second storm hit. They were warning both teachers and students. This was only 3 days after the bomb cyclone hit the town.

The storm was about to drop another 12-18 inches of snow. The school wanted families to be prepared.

Half of the town was already without power.

Several students were heading to shelters with their families that Wednesday night. The town community was busy prepping these shelters. Many residents were already without power and had no way to keep their family warm and fed.

The school also pushed for students to carry Blizzard Bags both at school and for home. Just in case the weather shifted and the storm came sooner than expected.

‘Bombogenesis’ Was Only 2 Months Ago

I’m sure many of you remember that it was only two months ago that a major storm pounded the East Coast.

They were calling it a “bombogenesis.” And it brought hurricane-force wind gusts, blinding snow and frigid temperatures.

Portions of the Northeast experienced temperatures even colder than parts of the planet Mars.

That storm also brought a ton of snow and ice to the Southeast.

Weather Becoming More Extreme

What in the world is going on?

Only God knows the answer to that question. But it has become obvious that extreme weather events are becoming, 1) more frequent, and 2) more severe. There’s no denying it.

We can’t change the weather. The only thing we can change is how we prepare ourselves for it.

An obvious choice to help with power outages is to have a generator on hand.

But if that generator runs on gas, there could be a bigger problem than not having power.

An article in the Palm Beach Post reported 2 deaths resulting from the use of gas generators. A 66-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

How did that happen? They were both using a gas generator after Hurricane Irma knocked out power in their homes.

The toxins released by the generator killed them. The airborne contaminants also sickened several others in the home.

Solar generators are a smarter choice. They produce an endless supply of life-saving electricity when you need it most. And without gas, fumes or noise.

Our top recommendation in portable solar generators is the Patriot Power Generator 1500.

With it, you’ll be able to power lights… preserve food… recharge cell phones and computers… or keep critical medical devices going.

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