Massachusetts orders drivers off the road
Molly Line reports from Boston
- Duration 5:26
- Date Feb 8, 2013
Molly Line reports from Boston
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A live look at the scene right now what's the -- A virtual white out at the moment.
Conditions like this have prompted a warning from the State's Governor Deval Patrick stay home.
Earlier today the governor ordered folks off the roads by 4 PM.
It said to be the first such -- in 35 years.
And it applies to all nonessential vehicles break hit and you could face up to a year in jail and a 500 dollar fine.
Forecasters say two to three feet of snow could fall in many parts of that state.
They warned the worst of this potentially historic blizzard is now just a couple of hours from eastern New England.
And they say folks should expect pelting snow.
Winds at up to seven -- five miles an hour flooding and a storm surge pounding the coast.
The entire region under alert tonight and tomorrow.
Molly lines are New -- based correspondent is live in Boston -- tonight it appears people are taking governor -- warning very seriously.
Absolutely -- about the last two hours or so well after that 4 o'clock -- Other traffic is definitely dropped off they've asked all the nonessential people to -- all across the state to stay home.
Keep out of this storm so if you're not a cloud driver somewhat involved with emergency response a firefighter and those in -- people we've seen out on the roadways.
At this hour the wind has gotten so much stronger we really be difficult driving whether.
I you can look this is that you know this is I would expressway leading out of the city there's virtually no traffic at this hour just every once in awhile.
We see your car cruising down here very very slowly.
In an essentially the -- are asking people to stay off the roads because they don't want.
Additional problems the other ones are already facing -- running around trying to take accidents.
Or Arab people that it was slid off into ditches and they're asking -- going to stay inside stay out of this -- that's another thing that they're watching it are the coastal communities.
High tide it's at 10 PM tonight we conceal a little more coastal flooding -- -- a close eye and that here's -- the governor Governor Deval Patrick had to say about it earlier today.
Listen to directions from public officials if you are in coastal area for example and you are advised.
Or instructed to to evacuate do so and do so quickly.
Because water will rise -- can rise quite to quite quickly.
The governor is also called in the National Guard to be ready for this storm us a large number about a thousand tonight.
Additional of folks will be on on step tomorrow it to respond to this storm that we're accounts now also -- some sporadic power outages.
-- beginning to happen and that's likely to increase overnight as the storm intensifies -- expected it to get the big dump of snow from about 9 PM tonight in the morning.
And the wind really intensify in the coming hours as well so those numbers are expected to go up there were urging her handling that -- -- he's black -- beer you're about to tip over -- -- nobody what's the plan for tomorrow.
-- -- but wait until the snow essentially comes to a closing is expected to taper off in the late morning hours into the afternoon they'll be able to assess just what.
With the situation as they're dealing with with snow that's -- and a lot all of Luntz and these big wins.
They said he could see a lot of power outages and for the safety of utility workers.
Involving one at the some daylight to come around -- the really be able to start to clean things up and really assess the damage.
Paulson asking people that are going -- to look at the snow it's going to be a beautiful day we're gonna want to go out.
Play with the kids in the snow at the weekend rescue it will be very careful because there was going to be big dress -- -- snow snow -- you don't really see snow.
And they're concerned that there could be some downed wires some debris underneath the snows they're asking people to be careful that there -- Familiar -- unfamiliar with here we're -- we're headed.
Joseph -- -- what we historically one thing Bostonians seem to be very proud.
Is the fact that they get snow out of their mighty fast but the street just a narrow -- that I heard the governor warned of the mayor warning today.
We don't know how long it's going to be.
Exactly and -- -- and there's always a parking that in these types of snow they say you know we we don't want people to park in certain places he'd -- to find a place to put their car.
And Edward a pile of all -- -- the have to wait for some of that to be cleared up.
It's going to be a big mess it's going to be a big mess fortunately it -- -- -- -- there's not a big morning commute to worry about none of that -- sense there's a -- -- -- a little bit fortunate but we'll wait -- see the storm is far from over so.
If you got to have a snow apocalypse Friday night is that time for.
-- Molly I know that during hurricanes.
And the like when that.
Wind when the winds are really -- -- -- emergency officials go out to try to save people.
Who weren't supposed to be out of the roads in the first place is there that sort of situation in place tonight.
I mean there's guarantee that they wouldn't come and help but they have asked people you know hours and hours ago.
They were saying you know we'd really like people off the roads by noon then they buckle down and said get off of these rose by 4 o'clock.
They asked people if -- in those coastal morning communities and you were warned to leave then you should've already left.
So they've been doing everything they can't even the day before the storm the day before the day before to warn people -- this was coming in that this was going to be a big storm.
And -- bass and you know this isn't just about you and your safety this is about the safety of our people about the first responders.
So hopefully people if he'd have -- those warnings no no guarantees that someone.
Wouldn't you know graciously try to come out and help you you're really in trouble but they really -- to get people to not get into this situation the first time it looks like they're cooperating Molly thanks a lot.