Fighting Nemo - Emergency Alerts Blasted for East Coast Blizzard

By Rachel Ramsey February 07, 2013

The East Coast is preparing for a second wind of stormy weather after 2012 Hurricane Sandy with winter storm/blizzard Nemo. The storm is predicted to become a “powerful and potentially historic” February storm, with wind gusts expected to reach 45 mph and snowfall forecasted to reach two feet in some states, giving it the potential to become a top 10 snowstorm all-time in Boston.

Around 4 p.m., some Verizon mobile users received a severe emergency alert for a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. EST on Saturday. The National Weather Service works with cellphone carriers to distribute these messages. Some other carrier customers, such as AT&T and Sprint, have yet to receive the blast.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg tweeted earlier today, "We're ready for #Nemo: we have 250,000+ tons of salt on hand, 350 salt spreaders & plows ready to be put on 1,800 Sanitation trucks.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority also took to Twitter to issue a warning, saying, “MTA's Tom Prendergast: ‘This is a very serious storm, and we should treat it that way.’ Plan an early departure from work tomorrow.”

Connecticut is one of the states officially under a blizzard warning, with the strongest winds and heaviest snows expected to occur Friday evening into Saturday morning.

The last blizzard to hit Connecticut was the day after Christmas in 2010. Southwestern Connecticut towns saw up to 18 inches of snow with winds as high as 60 mph. That storm closed airports, shut down Metro-North and caused 24,600 Connecticut Light & Power to lose power.

Recommended actions from the National Weather Service say, “Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to Whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.”




Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

TechZone360 Web Editor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Google says Encryption Keys are in the Ignition

By: Peter Bernstein    7/31/2015

It has been such a wild few days in the cyber security area with all of the hacks, data breaches, exposures by security folks that all Android and wea…

Read More

Chattanooga Fiber Network Triple Play: Smart Grid, Gigabit, Green Energy

By: Doug Mohney    7/31/2015

Chattanooga is unique for a gigabit class network that covers the entire community, serving over 150,000 homes and businesses. Its advantages go far b…

Read More

Strategy Analytics: Shakeups Abound in the Tablet Market

By: Steve Anderson    7/31/2015

While the tablet market is something of a lesser phenomenon compared to the smartphone market, there's still quite a bit happening. A new report from …

Read More

Chattanooga: Much More than GigCity

By: Doug Mohney    7/31/2015

It is far too simple to say Chattanooga's high-speed fiber optic network is the cornerstone to the city's future growth. While city leaders and operat…

Read More

Taking a Look into Windows 10

By: Joe Rizzo    7/31/2015

On July 29, 2015 the long awaited release of Windows 10 arrived. You may have noticed that Microsoft went from version 8.1 to Windows 10, which is due…

Read More