Amtrak suspends service along northeast corridor: Storm creates hazards for trains, planes

Amtrak has suspended service on the northeast corridor to due to the winter storm. (Image: Amtrak via MGN)

BOSTON (AP) — The fierce nor'easter battering the Northeast is causing havoc for travelers using trains, planes or automobiles.

Amtrak announced Friday that all services along the Northeast Corridor "are temporarily suspended due to multiple weather-related issues."

Service between New York City and Boston was suspended earlier due to flooding and multiple downed trees.

Amtrak also announced that one track on the Washington-Maryland corridor was out service for repairs due to weather damage. That forced trains to reduce speeds for safety.

Trains already en route will continue to Washington, New York City and Boston and hold.

In New Jersey, a downed tree that hit overhead wires has suspended some New Jersey Transit service.

NJT says the tree toppled in the area of Morris Plains on Friday, causing the suspension of service on the Morris and Essex Line in both directions between Dover and Convent Station.

It wasn't immediately known if the service would resume in time for the evening commute.

In Rhode Island, WJAR News reported that severe winds were creating hazards for truckers.

A truck blew over on the Newport Bridge just before noon Friday during a nor'easter. The heavy winds caused a truck to tip onto the barrier at center span.

It was not immediately known if anyone was hurt.

In West Virginia, WSET News reported a tractor-trailer flipped on the highway in Amherst County. Unable to flip the tractor right side up, towers dragged the truck along the highway on its side.

The nor'easter has pounded the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic up through Maine.

More than 2,100 flights were canceled by airlines, most spread across airports in the Northeast.

In Washington, D.C. pilots faced intense turbulence when attempting to land, according to WJLA News.

A pilot who landed a flight at Dulles Airport Friday morning reports that "pretty much everyone on the plane threw up" during the windy descent.

"Very bumpy on descent," the pilot's report reads. "Pretty much everyone on the plane threw up. Pilots were on the verge of throwing up."

Heavy snow fell in Ohio, upstate New York as the storm spun eastward. Boston south to Rhode Island was forecast to get 2 to 5 inches of snow from the late-winter storm.

The storm knocked out power to 500,000 residences and businesses from Michigan to North Carolina. In D.C., more than 100,000 customers lost power. The Office of Personnel Management announced it would close all federal offices in the D.C. area for the day, while the Smithsonian museums also closed. Pennsylvania utilities report at least 65,000 outages in that state.



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