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Several states slammed with large hail, heavy rain that prompted handful of water rescues

Lightning rips through the night sky April 3, 2014, behind a replica Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas, as a severe thunderstorm moved through the southern part of Lamar County, bringing high winds, rain and hail.

Flood warnings and advisories issued for Massachusetts

BOSTON — The National Weather Service issued a series of flood warnings and advisories Sunday morning as heavy rain pelted the area with additional downpours in the forecast.

In Waltham, a large sinkhole developed on Wyman Street washing out a portion of the road.  The left travel lanes on Route 128 in Westwood were closed for a time due to flooding Sunday morning, Massachusetts State Police said.

Hour-by-hour rain futurecast |  Latest Storm Team 5 forecast

Police also closed both directions of Route 6 in Westport due to flooding. In Chelmsford, Boston Road was closed near Brian Road because of flooding, according to police. The ramp from Route 18 southbound to Route 195 in Freetown was also closed for flooding, transportation officials said.

A flood warning was issued for the North Nashua River in Fitchburg where flooding of low-lying areas along the river trapped at least two cars near an underpass on Cleghorn Street. A tow truck pulled the cars out of the flood waters.

Photos:  Flooding washes out roads, traps cars

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Bristol County and Plymouth County where several inches of rain had fallen in just a few hours.

Video:  Flood waters trap cars in Fitchburg

“Between 2 and 5 inches of rain have fallen in just a few hours,” Storm Team 5 meteorologist Danielle Vollmar said.

A flood advisory was issued for eastern Massachusetts where “heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water on highways, streets and underpasses,” the weather service said.

High winds and rain overnight collapsed radio towers in Western Mass., knocking out cell phone and internet service for much of North Adams. Residents were told via a reverse 911 system to make emergency calls with their landline if necessary.


Lisa Kashinsky, Wicked Local

The Steamship Authority temporarily suspended ferry service for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket due to high winds and rough seas. 

Jim Lokay/WCVB

MARSHFIELD, Mass. —The harbormaster’s department saved a boat from sinking in Green Harbor Wednesday morning in strong winds and choppy seas, Wicked Local reported.

A 33-foot lobster boat, the Tracy-Jeanne, was moored with its stern facing the elements and began taking on water, according to Harbormaster Michael DiMeo.

“The water was hitting the stern and splashing over onto the deck,” DiMeo said. “As a couple of hours went by it was noticeable.”

The boat’s owner, William Dixon, had checked his vessel before 8 a.m. The harbormaster’s office monitored the boat throughout the morning and, after a fisherman came in to report the boat, they called Dixon back down around 11 a.m.

DiMeo took Dixon out to his vessel on the new harbormaster’s boat, along with de-watering pumps. Dixon went onboard, turned his boat on, and began pumping the water out with his own equipment and the harbormaster’s pumps.

“It took about 50 minutes to an hour to pump the water out,” DiMeo said. “We were able to get out there and it was quite windy. We were able to assist him and luckily his vessel didn’t sink.”

Dixon was able to turn his boat so the bow was facing the wind and seas.

“He was very thankful and appreciative,” DiMeo said. “Unfortunately it probably would not have had to happen had he been facing his bow into the seas.”


BY MICHAEL O’BRIEN

Bill Nye The Science Guy pleaded for action to address climate change in a debate Sunday with Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who called climate science “unproven.”

“There is no debate in the scientific community. And I encourage the congresswoman to look at the facts,” Nye, the former children’s educational personality said in a debate on “Meet the Press” Sunday. “We need you to change things, not to deny what’s happening.”

He clashed with Blackburn, the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — the panel in charge of producing and overseeing energy and climate regulations.

“Neither he nor I are climate scientists. He’s an engineer and actor; I’m a member of Congress,” she said. Of the scientific evidence of climate change, she said: “There is not consensus there.”

Blackburn said that even if she were to concede Nye’s assertions about the validity of climate change, lawmakers and regulators should still look to a cost-benefit analysis of new laws and rules before imposing them.

“What we need to be looking at is the way to achieve efficiencies,” she said.

Nye, who debated a noted creationist over the science behind evolution in a heavily-publicized event earlier this month, argued in favor of using every available tool to address the threat of climate change immediately.

“It would be everybody’s interests to just get going,” he said. “The more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”

The debate comes as the gulf between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress on issues of climate change continues to grow. The GOP has continued to pressure Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, for instance, and relax regulations of producing energy from “tracking.”

Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by contrast, is working to create rules that would unilaterally impose limits on carbon pollution. The executive action comes after climate change legislation — a priority of the president’s upon taking office in 2009 — was passed by Democrats in the House that year, but has stalled since the GOP won control of the lower chamber in 2010.

Secretary of State John Kerry also kicked off a series of speeches on climate change this weekend, beginning with remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday blasting deniers of climate science.

“First and foremost we should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific fact nor should we allow any room that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits there are people who say it is too expensive we can’t do this,” said Kerry, who as senator had spearheaded efforts for environmental legislation.

Watch Video: Flurry of Storms: A Result of Climate Change?


Firefighter: “We’re here to serve the people…”

Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

Furnished by Dave Stewart

MANCHESTER, N.H. —A photo of a local firefighter’s act of kindness during Thursday’s storm is going viral.

Firefighter Tom Faucher, who was assigned to Manchester Fire Department’s Engine 6 during the storm, saw an elderly woman having difficulty crossing Elm Street on Thursday afternoon. Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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Faucher said it was a collaborative effort between everyone on the engine. His commanding officer was the first to notice she was having a problem crossing the street, and the engine’s driver positioned the truck so Faucher could safely help her across the street.

“The lady seemed to be having some trouble getting up the road,” he said. “She had stopped at a snow bank right at Elm Street. I just asked her how her day was going and (asked) ‘How much further to you have to walk?’ and she said, ‘I’m doing good. I just got to get back across the street and I’ll get on my way.’”

Faucher, who has been on the fire department for a year and a half, said he’s a little surprised by all the attention.

“It’s just something we don’t expect,” Faucher said. “We come to work every day. We’re here to serve the public. … I just told her to have a nice day and obviously if she needs anything, just give us a call.”

The lieutenant inside the fire engine gave the order to stop traffic.

“Whether we’re on duty or off duty, I assume everybody would do the same thing, help somebody out when they need a hand,” Lt. Steve DesRuisseaux said.

People watching nearby snapped a few pictures, which went viral online.

An off-duty firefighter also noticed from the window of his apartment and snapped some photographs. Firefighters below didn’t realize the moment was being captured on camera.

There was no word on the woman’s name.


Southeast winter storm death toll hits 10
Message in Ga., Carolinas: Stay off the roads

ATLANTA (CNN) —The death toll from a winter storm sweeping through the South has climbed to at least 10 with the latest weather-related death reported in Virginia, authorities said.

A 55-year-old man was killed Wednesday when his car was hit head-on by another vehicle, Corrine Geller of Virginia State Police said.

Meanwhile, the message in Georgia and the Carolinas was get off the roads as a snow and ice storm swept through, bringing some of the Southeast’s most populous cities to a standstill.

The warnings came as freezing rain brought heavy ice accumulations from Atlanta to Charlotte. Across a large swath of the South, hundreds of thousands of people were without power and thousands of flights were canceled.

Calling ice the biggest enemy, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency. School districts canceled classes and government offices were shuttered in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the traffic paralysis caused by a storm last month.

Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice was expected to accumulate in Atlanta and up to 10 inches of snow and sleet were expected in Raleigh and Charlotte, making travel treacherous.

Also in the storm’s path were Virginia and Washington, with much of the Northeast to follow.

All federal offices in the nation’s capital were ordered closed, and thousands of employees were being told to stay home, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

‘Stay home, if you can’

While most of the major thoroughfares in and out of the city of Atlanta were reportedly devoid of traffic, a different scene was playing out to the northeast where the storm appeared to take people by surprise despite days of warnings.

“Stay home, if you can,” North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety said in posts on Twitter. “Quickly deteriorating road conditions, numerous car accidents in Durham/Franklin/Johnston/Wake counties.”

Gridlock gripped portions of the state, including Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, as cars and trucks got stuck on snow- and ice-covered roads.

“We saw so many people … cars piled up and left on the side of the road, and wrecks,” said Christina Martinson, who was stuck in the snow-bound traffic with her husband and son for hours in Durham.

“It’s really, really bad, and it got so bad so quickly that people just weren’t ready. Even though we were warned, it just happened more quickly than you would think possible.”

For some, there just wasn’t enough time.

Michael Crosswhite, 44, planned on leaving work in Raleigh, in Wake County, by midafternoon, well ahead of when forecasters initially predicted a snow and ice storm to hit the area.

But by noon, the snow and icy rain was coming down.

‘Nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck’

“We just passed an 18-wheeler that spun out into a ditch,” he said by telephone more than two hours into his journey home to Durham, a trip that typically takes less than 30 minutes.

Moments later, a car ahead of him spun out in front of him.

“It’s kind of slushy, and there are just icy spots that there is nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck,” Crosswhite said.

The images out of Raleigh and Charlotte recalled a similar scenario in Atlanta, a city shut down by 2.6 inches of snow two weeks ago when thousands of commuters were stuck on highways. Some drivers spent up to 20 hours in their cars.

“Right now we’ve got people traveling up and down the highways in special four-wheel vehicles to make any rescues that we need to make, and more than anything else we’re just encouraging people to be smart, and don’t put their stupid hat on during the next 48 hours,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is urging people not to abandon their vehicles.

“There are some people abandoning their vehicles. We are urging them not to. It is very dangerous for them to be on foot with cars sliding near them and it blocks access for our sand trucks and plows and causes gridlock,” said Communications Supervisor Steve Abbott.

It appeared people in Atlanta had learned their lesson.

Deal applauded Atlantans who kept the roads clear, saying during a midday news conference, “That’s a good starting point.”

Even so, there were thousands without power across the state after ice caused tree limbs to snap, knocking out power lines.

With temperatures below freezing, the National Guard opened up 35 armories across the state to be used as shelters and warming centers, CNN affiliate WSB-TV reported.

In Durham, the Streets at Southpoint Mall opened up as a shelter.

“We are here for people that need to get off the road,” general manager Todd Anderson said. “We had a few people here earlier, now there is just a handful of people left but we will be available through evening.”

“We are just trying to do the right and get people out of the cold,” he added.

The Red Cross, meanwhile, reported hundreds sought shelter overnight at its facilities stretching from Louisiana to North Carolina.

In North Carolina, Kim Martin Rehberg’s typical 25-minute commute was turning into an hours-long ordeal Wednesday as she tried to make it from her office in Durham to her home in Raleigh.

Three hours later, she still had miles to go. So, too, did the rest of her family who were stuck in traffic across the region.

“My daughter was stranded trying to get from her gymnastics class in Apex. My ex-husband is trying to get her and he got trapped,” she said by telephone, referring to a Raleigh suburb.

“My husband is in Charlotte and says things are bad. All the gas stations are shutting down, and I had trouble trying to gas up.”

‘Our own trucks are stuck’

There are snowplows on the roads but “unfortunately some of our own trucks are stuck in the same traffic jams that a lot of other people are and they’re having a hard time getting to the roads that need to be cleared,” said Dan Howe, Raleigh’s assistant city manager.

The low-pressure weather system bringing the snow and ice to the Southeast is expected to move up the East Coast, dropping snow on the Northeast. Six to 8 inches are predicted for Washington, with especially heavy snowfall Thursday morning, and 6 to 10 inches on New York from midnight Wednesday into Thursday, with a combination of snow, sleet and rain continuing until Friday morning.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo told state agencies to prepare “for an impending nor’easter” and asked residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

Power outages

More than 480,000 customers were without power in the Southeast, roughly 136,000 of whom were Georgia Power Co. customers, the utility said.

South Carolina was the hardest hit, with about 220,000 customers without electricity, while Wilmington, North Carolina, accounted for more than 58,000 outages.

The utilities said Wednesday morning they expect those numbers to rise over the next 24 hours.

Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility, warned that hundreds of thousands could be without electricity for days.

“This has the opportunity to be a huge event when you’re talking about the amount of ice you’re looking at,” Aaron Strickland, Georgia Power’s emergency operations chief, told reporters.

The utility staged fleets of trucks across the area. Teams from Florida, Texas and Ohio bolstered local line crews.

Transportation woes

The storm system also was taking its toll on travel.

Amtrak suspended some rail service in the Northeast, South and Mid-Atlantic regions for Wednesday.

Nationwide, more than 3,300 flights were canceled Wednesday and even more were planned for Thursday, according to FlightAware.com.

Among the canceled flights were more than 1,600 in and out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Internationanl Airport. Charlotte Douglas International and Raleigh-Durham International airports accounted for the majority of other flights canceled.

Deadly toll

At least 10 deaths have been blamed on the weather, including a 55-year-old man who was killed in a head-on collision in Virginia, authorities said. Two people were killed in Georgia, and two died in North Carolina, they said.

In Texas, three people died when an ambulance driver lost control on an icy patch of road outside of Carlsbad, the state Department of Public Safety said. A patient, a paramedic and another passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

In Mississippi, authorities blamed the storm for two traffic deaths.


“It was snowing heavily and there was limited visibility at the time of the incident,” according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office

A nurse walking in the parking lot of a northwest suburban hospital was fatally struck by a snow plow Wednesday,Lauren Jiggetts reports.

A red 2012 Ford F-450 truck with a snowplow attached was backing up in a parking lot around 5:30 a.m. at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington when the driver struck the woman.

“It was snowing heavily and there was limited visibility at the time of the incident,” the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “The safety equipment to include the amber lights, reverse lights, and back-up alarm on the Ford were functioning following the incident.”

Diane Shogren, 51, who worked for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lake County Coroner’s office. The driver of the Ford is also an employee of the hospital, police said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our associate’s family and our Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital family,” Good Shepherd said in a statement. “We are working closely with our chaplains and social workers to offer spiritual and emotional support at this difficult time. One of our top priorities is to provide a safe environment for patients to heal and associates to work. To that end, we will continue to partner with all parties to investigate what occurred and to take all necessary steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit. Shogren was a married mother of adult children.

The hospital is providing counseling for her family, her coworkers and the plow driver.


Sgt. Daniel Vasselian killed in Afghanistan last December

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ABINGTON, Mass. — The brother of a Massachusetts Marine killed in Afghanistan used Wednesday’s snowstorm to honor him in a unique way.

Joe Vasselian, 24, built a snow sculpture in memory of his brother, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian.

The Abington native died Dec. 23 in combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Joe Vasselian’s simple caption for the photo posted on Instagram was “love you bro.”

Joe said he’s always enjoyed making snowmen for his grandmother, who lives next door, but was inspired to make something to remember his brother in this recent winter storm.

Thousands of people lined the streets, roads and overpasses of Boston and surrounding suburbs in support when Sgt. Daniel Vasselian’s body was brought from Logan Airport back to his hometown.


Tim Dougherty

Stalled traffic on Interstate 285 outside Atlanta on Thursday morning.

By Erik Ortiz, Erin McClam and Lou Dubois, NBC News

A rare winter storm hatched a nightmare traffic jam that paralyzed parts of the South — especially the city of Atlanta — that is ongoing, nearly 24 hours after it began.

Here are some stories from the stranded:

‘Just praying we get home safe’

Vontana Atkins, a wellness coordinator with United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, said she had been stuck on Interstate 285, near the suburb of Marietta, since 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

She was driving five men to their group home, a trip that should have taken 40 minutes. The men suffer various mental and physical disabilities, she said. They didn’t all have their medications with them, and they’ve been without food and water.

“They’re tired and they’re hungry, but so far, so good,” Atkins said. “I’ve been talking to them and encouraging them that we’re getting there.”

Traffic was at a standstill Wednesday morning. Atkins did have a cellphone charger with her, and was able to call her office and relatives of the men to let them know how they’re faring.

“I called 911 several times, too, but they’ve been busy,” she said. “We’re just praying we get home safe.”

They’ve been biding their time watching videos on Atkins’ iPad and listening to gospel and country music. One thing Atkins hasn’t gotten — sleep.

“I can’t. I need to make sure everyone’s OK,” she said.

Starving and biding time

Officer Tim Sheffield talks to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about his emergency delivery of a baby girl during a snowstorm in Georgia, saying it happened quickly and that he had experienced similar incidents in the past.

Tim Dougherty left downtown Atlanta for his home in the suburbs at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Eighteen hours later, he was still stuck on the interstate, miles from home and with no relief in sight.

The trip normally takes half an hour.

“Tail lights. I just see tail lights,” Dougherty told NBC News by phone from I-285 on Wednesday morning. “I have not moved an inch in 15 hours.”

Dougherty has lived in the Atlanta area for 17 years but grew up in Indiana, so he’s used to ice storms and blizzards.

“But I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “I’ve got to say for a city, this is an epic failure.”

By morning, a few people were walking down the interstate offering snacks and water. Dougherty was lucky enough to start with a full tank of gas, though he said he was down to half a tank and idling. He also had a phone charger.

Besides being frustrated, he said he was starving. And there wasn’t anything to do.

“I am dominating Candy Crush,” he said.

Born into gridlock - Cop who delivered baby on icy road: It was ‘beautiful’

Nick and Amy Anderson

A baby born on the side of the road in Sandy Springs, Ga., on Wednesday to parents Nick and Amy Anderson.

Tim Sheffield, a police officer in Sandy Springs, Ga., was on his way to check out a traffic accident when he saw a car on the side of the road. They didn’t look like they were stuck. He pulled over to check on them.

“I asked the dad: ‘Are y’all broke down?’ He goes, ‘No, we’re having a baby,’” Sheffield said.

It was a couple on their way to the hospital. The man was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. The woman was in labor.

Sheffield said he talked them through the delivery of a baby girl. The woman “did about 99 percent of it, and the father did a lot,” he recalled.

“I had time to get the gloves,” he said Wednesday in an interview on TODAY. “The father started to pull, I said no, don’t pull, and the baby came out, and just happened quick. It was beautiful, and it was on my birthday.”

He said the new mother kept her cool the whole time.

“She was a trouper,” he said. “She didn’t have any anesthesia or anything, any medication or anything. It was 100 percent natural, but she did amazing. She really did.”

Journey of peril

Friends Robert Warthen Jr. and James Hunt, both 52, left Atlanta at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and were heading home to Smyrna when they got stuck in the monster gridlock. The drive should have taken 30 minutes.

Warthen said his car’s battery died, and they remained stuck on the side of the road along State Route 401 on Wednesday morning.

“We’re freezing to death. I’m shaking. I can’t feel my feet,” Warthen said, his voice choked with emotion.

Earlier in the night, the friends went to a hotel in Marietta, but they didn’t have the $159 for a room. Warthen said he saw people smashing windows of parked cars and stealing items, and they decided to leave.

After getting stranded, they repeatedly called AAA, but couldn’t get through.

“They could pick up the phone and say something!” Warthen said. “Not treat us like we’re trash. The government’s going to have a lot to answer for.”

Stranded trucker: Never seen anything like it

Joe Schmitz, a trucker, was driving from Miami to Atlanta and was almost there when he got stuck at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. More than 20 hours later, he said he hadn’t moved.

“I’ve been driving a truck for 14 years, and I’ve never with my own eyes witnessed something like this,” he told NBC News by phone.

He said that he knew of at least one baby who was stuck in a car without diapers — though Schmitz said he found one for her — and that truckers were taking people in to keep them warm. A truck can run for days on idle, he said.

“There are some people who are really kind of scared,” he said, though he added that nobody had a bad attitude.

At about 2 a.m., he said, he walked two miles to a gas station, filled five or six bags with food and drinks, walked back and gave them to the stranded.

He said he had been told by authorities that the crisis could stretch through a second night.

Finally to school — and then stuck there

Katie Ganske, a psychologist who works in the city, got an email from E. Rivers Elementary School at about 2 p.m. Tuesday. After-school classes were canceled. She got in her car to retrieve her child.

“I looked it up later — it was seven miles, and it took me eight and a half hours,” she told WXIA, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta.

By the time she arrived, just before 11 p.m., she decided to stay the night with the roughly 100 kids who were stranded at the elementary school. Her car had spun out on the drive over.

Brave rescue

Neighbors, churches and grocery stores took in strangers. And Chipper Jones, the retired and beloved Atlanta Braves third baseman, took to his 4-wheeler and rescued a former teammate who was stranded.

It started on Tuesday afternoon, when Freddie Freeman, the Braves’ current first baseman, tweeted that he was stuck in the brutal jam:

By late Tuesday night, Jones’ girlfriend decided to send him on a rescue mission:

View image on Twitter

The cavalry arrived:

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The rescue was a success:

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A memorable night for both of them:

Out of traffic and jumping in to help

Sheneka Adams of Atlanta was stuck in the traffic on Tuesday for four hours.

Even though she was tired, she woke up Wednesday and rushed out the door. Adams, an actress and socialite, volunteers every Wednesday with the group Kashi Atlanta to help out at a homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets.

With the winter storm bearing down, she realized there would be an influx of people looking for food and warmth. She was right. There were 500 people, including children, needing a meal.

Adams and her boyfriend, Jacob York, jumped into his Jeep Cherokee and drove to Publix, where they filled an entire cart with water, bologna, cheese and bread.

“I would say we bought out the whole aisle of bread,” she told NBC News.

There were so many people at the shelter, Adams made a second trip to the grocery store.

“Obviously, people have a lot of things going on today,” Adams said. “But I couldn’t just sit home. There are people out there who still need help.”

Nadia Sikander of NBC News contributed to this report.


Coastal flood warning issued by National Weather Service

SCITUATE, Mass. —Voluntary evacuations were recommended in Duxbury and Scituate Friday as the South Shore of Massachusetts and Cape Cod saw crashing waves coming over seawalls during the third flooding tide of the storm.

In Scituate, the neighborhood around Oceanside Drive between Sixth and Seventh  Streets was flooded by the blizzard-driven waves.   Police Chief Mike Stewart said there were no plans to evacuate, even as waves continued to crash over the seawall turning the neighborhood into a lake several hours after high tide.

Watch uncut aerial video of the flooding

“This is just moderate flooding,” said Stewart.  “We’ve seen much worse.”

“A number of people have left the area, but a number have stayed there,” said Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi. “They know what these storms can do and ride it out.”

Photos:  Blizzard of 2014 in pictures

“There was one request to rescue a family in Duxbury.  A number of homes were surrounded by water,” said Gov. Deval Patrick, adding that flooding was also reported on the North Shore in Salisbury and Newburyport

In Cohassest, several roads, including Border Street, Margin Street and parts of Jerusalem Road, went under water for more than an hour Friday.

Late Thursday night, there was significant flooding in Duxbury at Plymouth Avenue and Gurnett Road due to a sea wall break near Marshfield border, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.

At 12:20 p.m.; the intersection of Front Street and First Parish Road near Scituate Harbor was flooded, our news partners at the Patriot Ledger reported. There was a “road closed” sign on nearby Edward Foster Road, but some drivers were ignoring the sign and driving through the icy water.

In Marshfield, Jennifer Rooney said her family was hunkered down in their Foster Avenue cottage watching the waves crashing over the sea wall and into her yard Friday afternoon.

“It’s just getting worse,” she said. “Supposedly, the tide should be receding, but the waves are still crashing over the wall.”

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