Images showed massive waves hitting Massachusetts' coast.

Advertisement
waves Massachusetts
Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A powerful winter storm hit the East Coast this weekend, leaving at least nine people dead and 1.5 million homes and businesses without power, according to the Associated Press, as massive waves flooded coastlines and whopping winds tore through the northeast.

The nor'easter, an East Coast storm known for its aggressive winds and downpour of snow and rain, caused several airlines to cancel flights, including a number of airlines preemptively warning customers of delays and cancellations ahead of the storm. For flights that did take off, passengers and crew members experienced extreme turbulence, in one case causing nearly everyone on board a flight touching down at the Washington Dulles International Airport to throw up.

Dubbed Winter Storm Riley, the weather event also developed into a "bomb cyclone," a phenomenon that comes when atmospheric pressure drops by 24 millibars over a 24-hour period, thus intensifying the storm and risk for coastal flooding. Coastlines in Massachusetts and southern New York saw high tide flooding over the weekend, with streets in downtown Boston flooded to nearly historic highs.

Stunning photos taken along the East Coast during the tumultuous storm show massive waves smacking into the Massachusetts coast and people grasping their umbrellas as heavy winds and rainfall came down during their commutes.

Here are 10 of the most stunning photos of the storm.

car noreaster flood
Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A car sits in the flooded streets of Quincy, Massachusetts on March 2.

umbrella storm
Credit: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

A woman clutches her umbrella as strong winds hit New York City on Friday.

tree hits house winter storm riley
Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images

A tree fell into a house in Kensington, Maryland, Friday when heavy winds and flooding caused trees to fall in the area. The 100-year-old woman who lived in the house was rescued from her home.

flood boston
Credit: Boston Globe/Getty Images

Water sprayed through a gate in Boston's Seaport District on Friday when the nor'easter hit the city.

building collapse car storm
Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images

A damaged building collapsed in Washington, D.C. when powerful winds hit the nation's capital on Friday, damaging a a nearby car.

nor'easter Scituate, MA coast
Credit: Boston Globe/Getty Images

Powerful waves crashed into the seawall and sprayed homes in Scituate, Massachusetts, on Friday during the storm.

rescue team noreaster
Credit: Boston Globe/Getty Images

Firefighters saved a mother and her child from their home in Quincy, Massachusetts, as flood waters rose during the nor'easter storm.

storm kayak
Credit: Boston Globe/Getty Images

A man kayaks through the flood waters in Quincy, Massachusetts, Friday as waves crashed nearby.

stop sign storm
Credit: Boston Globe/Getty Images

A stop sign stands amid the floodwater in Scituate, Massachusetts, Friday.

damaged dock new york
Credit: DON EMMERT/Getty Images

Following the brunt of the storm on Saturday, a damaged dock floats in the water by Queens, New York.