Winter Storm Saturn: New England Towns Evacuate From Coastal Flooding Caused By Snow, Winds [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on March 7, 2013 2:33 PM EST

Winter Storm Saturn has finally arrived to the Northeast, testing New England's mettle after it has already produced nearly two feet of snowfall, causing 250,000 homes to lose power in some areas in the Midwest. As the big storm looms, a number of coastal counties in New England have alerted its residents to evacuate.

Snowfall and strong winds threaten abnormal tidal activity along the coasts of Massachusetts. Coastal flood warnings will remain in effect in alerted areas until 9 a.m. Friday. Tidal flooding is expected as winds will reach and sustain top speeds of up to 50 mph on Thursday.

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Residents of Scituate, Mass., were urgently advised to leave their homes while schools were cancelled on Thursday. Meanwhile, a mandatory evacuation notice was ordered for all oceanfront homes along the town of Salisbury, Mass.

"The house was rocking for Nemo, but I'm not going to take any chances this time," said Scituate resident Paula Polasky. "I just told my boss, I said, 'I am going to evacuate. I'd rather be safe than sorry.'"

What's more, wind gusts of up to 60 mph along the Jersey shore have already caused significant damage on Wednesday. In fact, a section of roofing from the Stone Harbor condominium complex blew off, forcing residents to leave.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham, the greatest coastal flooding concern will occur during Friday morning high tide, which will peak from 8 a.m. through 10 a.m.

"By then we will have had 48 hours of very strong east-northeast wind flow pushing water toward us," Dunham explained to the Boston Herald. "We could have moderate to major coastal flooding."

Other parts of the Northeast are experiencing far tamer weather conditions.

Washington D.C. shut down the city to prepare for the worst as federal offices closed on Thursday. Ultimately, the preemptive action was an overreaction to threatening forecasts. Washington D.C. was relatively spared from the storm.

Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey also managed to make it through the storm with a lot less snow than initially anticipated. That said, some 40,000 homes in New Jersey were without power during the storm.

Finally, New York City, which was initially supposed to get 3 to 6 inches, will now likely get only 1 to 3 inches.

NWS Radar Mosaic of Northeast Sector
NWS Radar Mosaic of Northeast Sector

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