A ‘bomb cyclone’ flooded downtown Boston and trapped cars in ice — here’s what it looked like on the ground

After a massive Nor’easter hit Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, water flooded the city’s downtown.

The icy floodwater submerged roads, forced some people to evacuate their residences, and prompted first responders to rescue those trapped in their cars.

And on Friday morning, some residents of Revere, Massachusetts – a Boston suburb – woke up to their cars frozen in ice.

Adam Abougalala, who lives in Revere, posted the following video, which shows frozen water that reached the wheel wells of cars parked along the street.


Around 20 residents evacuated their homes, and some needed to be rescued with the help of high-water vehicles provided by the National Guard, according to The Boston Globe.

Though it’s too early to tell exactly how much floodwater swept the city, the water appeared to have risen at least two feet in some areas on Thursday. The storm also partially broke a sea wall and affected the power grid in Plymouth, a coastal town south of Boston.

On Thursday afternoon, the tide gauge at Boston Harbour reached 15.16 feet. The previous record was set during the blizzard of 1978, according to The National Weather Service.

On Thursday, Boston resident and Twitter user @kelkelly posted a video of the scene in the city’s Fort Point neighbourhood. A dumpster can be seen floating down a flooded road:

Kasey Holbrook, another Boston resident, took this video of the city’s Scituate Harbour:

Meteorologists say that the storm experienced “bombogenesis,” meaning rapid atmospheric pressure fell below 24 millibars in less than 24 hours. In other words, the low air pressure created an especially strong storm.

Dubbed a “bomb cyclone,” the storm has threatened New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and parts of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine with heavy snow, fast winds, and close-to-zero temperatures. This weekend, it will make its way to the Canadian Maritimes, sitting over Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

In Boston, temperatures have dipped below freezing.At least 22 people have died this week from severe weather across the US.

The Boston Police Department tweeted on Thursday that the streets were “completely impassable.”