Major Nor'easter slams Mid-Atlantic

Power outages, street flooding reported from South Carolina to New Jersey

BALTIMORE | November 12, 2009

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida reorganized into a major Nor’easter off the South Carolina coast Wednesday night, residents along the Atlantic Coast were recalling damage caused by Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

High wind and coastal flood warnings have been posted from the Carolinas to New Jersey with warnings that the storm may produce significant coastal flooding during the next three days as the storm slowly moves up the coast.

Emergency officials in beach towns warned residents to stay away from the coast and the beaches and said they were worried the storm will drive high tide inland.

In Virginia, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine declared a State of Emergency. "With the National Weather Service indicating that eastern Virginia could experience flooding and storm surge comparable to the affects of a Category 1 hurricane, it's critical that Virginians make the necessary preparations," said Governor Kaine.

Some schools in coastal North Carolina were due to open late Thursday while some school systems along the Virginia coast decided to close. Many low-lying roads in North Carolina were closed Wednesday night and power outages were reported as winds topped 50 mph in many places.

Waves nearly 20-feet high were reported in Norfolk, VA, Wednesday night.

Rock and mudslides were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday in western North Carolina and Chattanooga, TN, as a result of the storm.

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