The coastal storm Nor'easter continues to destroy lives and property although it is slowly moving offshore. On Saturday, the National Weather Service(NWS), USA released warnings urging the people to stay in their homes as the danger of floods and strong winds continue to loom over the East Coast.

The devastation that Nor'easter has caused so far

The macro-scale cyclone hit the US Atlantic coast on Friday and caused heavy destruction in the region spanning from Massachusetts to Washington DC with the former facing the full force of the coastal storm.

The storm was accompanied by heavy rains and snowfall which led to flooding of streets and grounding of over 3000 flights according to reports from CNN.

Ohio, New York, Boston and received heavy snow while gusting winds swept the eastern seacoast at an average speed of 50mph. Cape Cod and Wellfleet in Massachusets were hammered by strong winds that exceeded the 80mph mark. The storm left 1.6 million people without power on Friday afternoon and brought life to a complete standstill. The storm caused felling of trees, destruction of under construction buildings and completely battered the power grid.

Regions of East Coast especially Massachusetts experienced flooding and the administration issued memos for people to evacuate the region in order to stay safe from the wrath of the storm.

The storm claimed eight lives amongst whom two were children.

A 37-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after his pickup truck was caught under a pine tree in Massachusetts. A man and a six-year-old boy were killed by the storm in Virginia while the cyclone claimed another eleven-year-old in New York. The other two deaths were reported in Rhode Island and Baltimore respectively, taking the death toll to eight.

What lies ahead?

The National Weather Service cautioned people to not let their guard down as the storm moves away from the coast of New England ever so slowly. The NWS has predicted major flooding in the coastal areas and has forecasted winds with speed in the range of 50 to 60 mph to continue causing havoc on the Eastern coast.

However, as the day goes on the conditions are going to improve with areas experiencing sunshine which is expected to be followed by intermittent snowfall. Although the conditions will improve away from the coastal regions, many meteorological departments are terming it as only short-term relief predicting the storm will return midweek to cause havoc once again.