‘Winter hurricane’ warning as ‘bomb cyclone’ threatens 75 million Americans on Atlantic coast

The east coast is bracing for a powerful winter storm that could bring hurricane-force winds, heavy snowfall, coastal flooding and widespread power outages to around 75 million people.

Some meteorologists predict this storm could turn into a “bomb cyclone,” essentially a winter hurricane. The cyclone would create perfect winter storm conditions for coastal cities from Maine to southern North Carolina.

The storm will develop off the Carolinas and pick up speed Friday evening through Saturday morning. Powerful northeast winds are expected to leave the heaviest snowfall north of Boston and New England, which could see 12 to 18 inches of snow.

“I’m excited, it was about time,” said one woman doing some last-minute shopping before the storm hit.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin is urging drivers to stay off the road, declaring a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

Winter storm watches are in effect for coastal cities from North Carolina to New England. Some communities are under a blizzard warning. And depending on how far inland the storm moves, snow could fall as far west as Ohio.

Eastern cities are now scrambling to bolster road commission infrastructure. Some companies in Massachusetts are offering $300 an hour to lucky plow drivers.

“You’ve got a lot more equipment costs, fuel is up, insurance is up. So I think it’s a combination of money and a combination of ‘where’s the labor gone ? “said Christopher Ferreria, owner of Christopher’s Towing in Massachusetts.

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