Powerful East Coast storm kills 9, triggers coastal flooding and leaves millions without power

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Published in Weather News

"We're always equipped for busy times. We were preparing for the storm last week," he said.

The hotel did have a power outage early Saturday, but electricity was restored within two hours, Borromeo said.

Five units of the Massachusetts National Guard helped rescue people in the city, and video showed rescuers walking through waist-high water.

Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch released periodic statements on YouTube, updating the city of about 93,000 residents on damage and rescue efforts. "It's been a rough several days, I know, for a lot of folks," he said in one video update. "We still have 5,700 people out of power."

The city has 8 miles of sea walls, and they will have to be inspected carefully, along with water mains and sewer lines, he said. "We're pretty concerned about some roads that have taken a beating," he said.

Koch also described a visit to an evacuation shelter Friday night and shared how one family described the storm. "They were just in the house and a wave of water just actually knocked a wall right out of the house, and they lost everything."

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Hundreds of miles south in Maryland, the majority of the incidents in Prince George's County were wind-related, said Mark Brady, the county fire department's spokesman.

"Everything worked in our favor except for the high volume of calls," Brady said. Fire departments in the county usually experience 400 calls for service a day. On Friday the county saw more than 1,000 calls.

Drag said that another storm is anticipated for next week, but that it's too early to determine its direction or whether it will develop into another massive storm.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced states of emergencies Friday.


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