Storm closing in on Northeast could affect 50 million people
Anna Kooiman reports from New York
- Duration 3:32
- Date Feb 8, 2013
Anna Kooiman reports from New York
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Fox News alert buzz on the monster blizzard that is closing in right now on the northeast is about to pummel once bit.
Of the nation and there's now growing list of canceled flights.
Commuter lines shut -- travel restrictions.
Just about an hour ago the governor of Massachusetts said that all the roads had to be shut down.
At 4 o'clock this after -- I'm Martha Macau -- on that note informing -- today welcome everybody.
So you got Massachusetts Rhode Island Connecticut all the governors of those states have now declared states of emergency.
And the brunt of what's expected to be -- historic storm is still a couple of hours away.
From its full force but state and city officials decide that now is the time -- the -- takes drastic action.
Airlines have canceled more than 4000.
Flights now that number.
Up in the last hour at New York City that the three main airports most domestic carriers planning to cease operations.
Between now and 5 PM today those will be the last flights out a move that will have a huge ripple effect across the country people try to get where they're going.
You've got Amtrak suspending much of their service in New York.
And in new England and Boston's public rail system.
Has halted their service that's gonna happen actually over the next ninety minutes from now -- should say and also back to the Massachusetts governor who has ordered all vehicles off the road -- I said.
That starts at 4 PM eastern is believed to be the first traffic -- -- be no traffic in the Boston area first time that's happened since the blizzard of 1978.
Which of lot of folks remember.
Not so finally -- their member quite well they were there and -- and -- me now live.
I New York City and I've been doing be out there I cited -- -- earlier I said it looks like rain but now it looks like snow and a.
Right it it went from just wind hits it then rain it's I think now it's starting to snow it certainly has been picking up by the hour.
Since we started at 5 AM this morning I -- you tell you millions are really -- is the worst of the storm is expected throughout tonight and into tomorrow snow falling possibly generate.
Between two and three inches an hour leaving whiteout conditions and widespread power outages.
Throughout the northeast as you mentioned states of emergency have been declared by the governor's.
And Connecticut and Massachusetts Boston really expected to get walloped with up to three feet of snow and then another two feet possible.
-- -- -- And made -- salt trucks pre treating roadways and schools -- canceled classes before conditions get even worst people in the back of the store that.
Stocking up on food water batteries and medications that residents are really taking it in stride.
We live in the New England playing for the last spring break than three weeks at this.
A -- honey didn't I thanks to the -- is definitely gonna get ahead.
York city has more than 250000.
Tons of -- and 18100 snowplows on standby.
The city's transportation authority preparing to use super powered snow throwers in an effort to keep trains running smoothly.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is warning residents to remained indoors.
Stay off the city's streets stay ID cards and -- in -- homes -- -- worst of the storm is on us.
That's -- -- protection during potentially hazardous outdoor conditions.
And flooding -- a major concern especially where the coastline that was have left very vulnerable to storm surge following super -- sandy.
And also Martha feel like getting involved monitoring the snowstorm -- Washington DC saying please keep the local warnings throughout the northeast back to you.
All right -- thanks so much.