Winter Storm Riley struck the US East Coast on Friday causing heavy rain and snowfall. Flood warnings have been issued and local media reported at least five people dead due to falling trees. At least one million people reportedly remain without power.


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A massive storm hit the US’ East Coast and caused the death of at least five people on Friday, US reports said. Over one million people remain without power and over 3000 flights were canceled as the storm continues to sweep across the Atlantic coast on Saturday.

Dubbed a “bomb cyclone” for its rapidly growing strength, Winter Storm Riley brought heavy rain and snowfall to the region. Coastal flooding alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts, which is expected to be hit the hardest. Among Friday’s casualties were two children; all were killed by falling trees.

Kurt Schwartz, Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, said at a Friday night press conference that homes that have lost power must be prepared for a long wait. “People in these homes need to plan for a prolonged outage,” he explained. “This is a multi-day restoration event. This is one of the more extreme storms in recent memory in terms of coastal flooding and damaging wind potential along the coast, but also includes heavy wet snow and heavy rain as important factors.”