The winter snow storm that walloped the East Coast last week snarled flights at airports from Georgia to New England. But none was hit harder than New York’s JFK International Airport.The airport suffered an operation meltdown that left passengers scrambling days after the storm had passed. Fliers complained that workers had little information to pass along. Fights broke out as frustration mounted. And a water pipe burst in a terminal building Sunday, adding to the misery.The airport is still in the headlines this week for how it recovered – or failed to – in the wake of the weather.Even on Wednesday, nearly a full week later, images showed piles of luggage stacked at JFK still waiting to be reunited with passengers.NBC New York reported Wednesday that “about 5,000 bags left at (JFK) amid the weekend's weather-related chaos still haven't been returned to their rightful owners, two sources familiar with the situation told News 4.”So, what’s made … [Read more...] about Why was New York’s JFK Airport such a mess for so long after the storm?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Laney Ruckstuhl Globe Correspondent January 05, 2018 Thursday’s “bomb cyclone” brought inches of water to cities and towns throughout Massachusetts, and that left many motorists wondering what to do with cars that had spent the storm submerged in pools of water.The answer? It’s probably best to leave it to the experts. John Paul, an automotive expert for AAA Northeast, said drivers need to get their cars out of standing water, but in most cases, they should call a tow company for help. Advertisement Floodwater can cause a number of problems to cars depending on conditions, from interior cosmetic damage to engine failure. But the reason drivers should never attempt to start a car when it is sitting in water is because the process of starting it can pull water into the engine, which could ultimately ruin the vehicle. Get Fast Forward … [Read more...] about Your car got flooded in the storm. Now what?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Steve Annear Globe Staff January 05, 2018 Allison Curran was doing work at her home Thursday during the monumental winter storm when she suddenly got the urge to be adventurous. So the 36-year-old Beacon Hill resident stopped what she was doing, contacted her brother and some friends, and then grabbed her ski equipment, bound for the slopes in their own backyard. “We did pretty much all of the streets in Beacon Hill,” said Curran, who has lived in the area, on and off, for 17 years. “It was kind of fun being able to ski in the city and being able to hop out and ski on your street when it’s empty.” Advertisement Curran said they trekked up the hills for about three hours, getting in 10 runs on the so-called slopes along Pinckney and Mount Vernon Streets, as well as some smaller hills on Boston Common. Get Fast Forward in your … [Read more...] about These people went skiing on Beacon Hill after the storm
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Martin Finucane Globe Staff January 05, 2018 Winter can get pretty grim around here, what with the bomb cyclones, the polar vortexes, the snow, and the bitter cold.But as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said before Thursday’s snowstorm walloped the state: “We know that it’s easy to get through it if we help each other out.”You could see that when bystanders pushed an MBTA bus out of the snow in East Boston on Thursday night. Advertisement There’s no doubt similar things are happening all over the area during these trying times. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Here are some stories Globe readers sent in about the little bits of help they got from friends (and strangers). These anecdotes … [Read more...] about We made it through the storm with a little help from our friends. Send us your story
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is holding a press conference now ... listen live here on Boston Herald Radio (Link here...) School in the city has been called off for tomorrow, Walsh said, and he is urging city residents to still stay off the streets. "Just be careful. There's not a lot of reasons to be out tonight," he said, saying the storm won't taper off until 9 p.m. tonight. Then, he added, the bitter cold will set in. Flooding around the city, from Atlantic Avenue to the Seaport and Southie, continues to be a "concern" in Boston, he said. Developing ... … [Read more...] about Listen live to mayor’s press conference on the storm
The Latest on massive winter storm in the Northeastern U.S. (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A mail carrier who works in Providence, Rhode Island, is taking the postal service's unofficial creed to heart. Joseph Rodriquez says snow was slowing down carriers Thursday although he was having a "pretty easy day" as he made his rounds during a storm that could drop 18 inches of snow on the state. He says it's important to get the mail out, even in blizzard conditions, because he delivers medication and checks. Rodriquez says the post office had prepared for the weather by making sure carriers didn't have to carry anything extra and by having them start early. The postal service's unofficial motto is "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed round," but it has been known to cancel service during severe weather. ——— 11:40 a.m. North Carolina authorities say a driver slid off a road in snowy conditions … [Read more...] about The Latest: Rhode Island postal worker weathers the storm
Kevin Reilly, provided by Published 3:47 pm, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 A massive storm bearing down on the East Coast could bring record-breaking freezing temperatures and snow. The event is forming because of "bombogenesis," a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure that intensifies a storm. Following is a transcript of the video. A "cold weather bomb" is making its way up the East Coast. Also known as a "bombogenesis," it could bring lots of snow and record-low temperatures. "Bombogenesis" is a two-part process. First, the storm has to move out over the ocean. Then, the center of the storm quickly becomes more intense. Meteorologists call this type of storm system a "weather bomb." As the storm strengthens, wind and precipitation spike. It happens when atmospheric pressure nose dives over a short time period. Causing an average snowstorm to morph into one with hurricane-force winds. The storm could blanket the East Coast in snow from Florida to … [Read more...] about The storm that’s about to pummel the East Coast could become a ‘cold weather bomb’ — here’s what that means
When it's storming outside, your cats and dogs will (likely) be hiding under the bed instead of preparing themselves for an evacuation. It's not their job to get ready for a hurricane. It's your job to get them ready. "Your pets are your responsibility just as much as the other members of your family," said Dr. Sonja Olson, a senior clinician for BluePearl Veterinarian Partners, "and part of that responsibility is to be prepared." • Think of what your pet will need to get by for a few days: Bring extra food and sealable bags to store it in; think two weeks of regular food and four weeks if your pet is on a prescription diet; also get a month's supply of your pet's prescription medication; your pet will also need its own supply of bottled water, just like the rest of the family, but also bowls to drink out of; and a favorite toy or blanket. • But what if you're separated from your pet during a storm? SPCA Tampa Bay recommends having your pets microchipped in case you lose … [Read more...] about 2017 Hurricane Season: Pet owners must come up with a plan for their animals before the storm strikes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The only common opponent for Wisconsin and Miami this season has no home stadium, made no bowl game and most assuredly has no fan base.It wasn't even a football team.Hurricane Irma hit Miami, not Madison, though the devastating storm left a lasting impact on both programs. Miami was forced from its campus for more than a week because of the storm — as was Florida Atlantic, which played at Wisconsin on Sept. 8 and became the Badgers' guests for several days afterward until it was safe for the Owls to return to their storm-struck home.So maybe it's fitting that No. 6 Wisconsin (12-1) and No. 10 Miami (10-2) were paired for the Orange Bowl, which will be played on the Hurricanes' home field on Saturday night."I think any time you're around other people and you get a chance to learn, you're appreciative of what you've got," said Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, whose team will vie for a school-record 13th win on the season. "It was just college kids being … [Read more...] about After the storm: Wisconsin, Miami find way to Orange Bowl
We always knew Jacksonville was within the cone of impact for Irma, but the flooding this storm brought to the beaches, downtown and Black Creek still caught many off guard. When something devastating happens, it is considered bad form to bring up politics too soon. “Thoughts and prayers” only in the immediate aftermath. But my fear is always that if we wait too long to have those conversations, people will lose interest and they never happen. Irma gives us much to discuss: Climate change and its potential impact on the size and severity of storms, as well as flooding. The state’s power grid and whether it is worth investing the money that would lead to faster restorations in the future. Whether the right people evacuated at the right times across the state, especially the elderly and others with special needs. Elected officials at the state, local and national levels have shown a willingness to allocate resources to help those impacted by Irma. But we have to wait … [Read more...] about Tia Mitchell: Irma’s gone, but the storm gave us much to ponder