Video has emerged of the terrifying moment a large cargo jet skid off the runway and crashed into cargo bins at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport as a storm began pummeling the Northeast and New England, grounding thousands of flights and creating extreme hazards for road travel.
The shocking video, captured by CCTV at the O’Hare Airport as the storm began on Friday, shows the China Airlines Cargo 747 sliding on the snow covered ground as it loses control and swerves into cargo on the runway.
One of the cargo bins can be seen getting sucked into the left engine. It’s immediately shredded into pieces and damages the engine, which erupts into smoke.
The plane is shaken by the crash and finally comes to a halt.
The Chicago Fire Department responded to the scene, and no injuries were reported.
On Saturday morning, snow was falling furiously at a rate of one to two inches per hour in New York City, which was saw eight inches, with up to 18 inches expected on the eastern end of Long Island.
‘This is a very serious storm,’ New York Governor Kathy Hochul said at a press conference. ‘This could be life-threatening.’
One weather-related death has already been reported in Long Island around 8.30am, where an elderly man was shoveling snow near a pool when he fell in and reportedly drowned, according to Southold Town Police.
Officer managed to pull the man out of the pool and perform CPR on him with the assistance of Cutchogue Fire Department Rescue personnel.
He was transported to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, where he was later announced deceased.
As of 4pm, the highest snowfall total was in Norton, Massachusetts, with a total of 22.5 inches of snow.
New England was expected to be hardest hit, and forecasters say that Boston’s totals could rival the record of 27.6 inches set in 2003, with predictions of up to 30 inches in parts of Massachusetts as coastal flooding threatened Boston harbor.
More than 3,500 flights were cancelled across the country Saturday, including nearly every flight into or out of Boston, and more than 1,000 flights in the New York City area.
Freeze alerts were raised as far south as Florida, where the National Weather Service warned of ‘scattered to isolated falling iguanas from trees’ as plunging temperatures temporarily paralyzed the large lizards, which can weigh up to 20 pounds.
China Airlines Cargo 747 began sliding on the snow covered ground as it lost control and swerved into cargo on the runway on Friday. The incident left one of the plane’s engines damages as the snow storm began pummeling the Northeast
The Naked Cowboy stands in the middle of 7th Avenue in Times Square during a snowstorm on Saturday in New York City. A powerful nor’easter brought blinding blizzard conditions with high winds causing widespread power outages
A plow clears snow in Times Square on Saturday as a potentially historic Nor’easter hits the Northeast and New England, grounding thousands of flights and creating extreme hazards for road travel
A worker clears snow in Times Square during a Nor’easter storm in Manhattan on Saturday as snow blankets the region
A couple walks on the Brooklyn Bridge as snowfall blankets New York City on Saturday
A Cross Country Skier is seen in Bellport, Long Island as snow covers the region in a blizzard
A man cross-country skis in Central Park after the Nor’easter storm hit the region, in New York City on Saturday
A man walked his dog in Brooklyn as the Nor’easter dropped two-inches of snow an hour on New York
MASSACHUSETSS: Waves and flooding occurred in coastal Massachusetts due to the Nor’eastern on Saturday
PROVIDENCE, RI: Wilson Anibal Mejia walks through the snow to get to work at a restaurant on Saturday morning
CONNECTICUT: Crews clear roads and sidewalks during a winter storm on Saturday in Mansfield, Connecticut
BOSTON: A worker salts the sidewalk as snow begins to fall in Boston early Saturday morning
LONG ISLAND: With more than a foot in Commack already, cars are almost buried on side streets on Saturday morning
CONNECTICUT: About six inches has fallen in Connecticut so far and a winter storm warning is in effect till 7pm on Saturday
KEY LARGO, FL: A jogger spots an iguana that fell from a tree after the NWS warned of ‘scattered to isolated’ incidents of the lizards falling due to temporary paralysis from the plunging temperatures
‘Heavy snow and powerful winds will spread from the Mid-Atlantic coast to the Northeast coast throughout the day,’ the NWS said in a flash bulletin.
‘The combination of heavy snow rates and strong winds will produce dangerous blizzard conditions across portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts, from Virginia’s Eastern Shore to eastern Maine,’ the alert added.
There is ‘high confidence’ this will be a ‘historic major winter storm for eastern New England,’ the NWS said on Friday.
Blizzard warnings are now in place for more than 10 million people, mostly in coastal areas from Maryland to Maine, while some 55 million more are under winter storm warnings.
Parts of 10 states and some major population centers – Philadelphia, New York and Boston – were in the path of the storm, which was expected to continue raging throughout the day.
Boston, in the nor’easter’s crosshairs, could get as much as two feet of snow.
Isolated pockets nearby could get as much as three feet, forecasters said. Winds gusted as high as 70 mph on Nantucket Island off Massachusetts and over 60 mph elsewhere in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Marple, a seven-month-old Coton de Tulear, is seen having fun in several inches of snow at her owner’s home in Manhattan on Saturday morning
A French Bulldog plays in the snow in Bellport as Long Island witnesses more than a foot of snow
Parts of Long Island are expected to see up to 18 inches of snow. A Bellport street is seen above
A major winter storm slammed the Northeast on Saturday, bringing intense snowfall, powerful winds and coastal flooding
Snow covers roads and parking lots near the Ocean City, Maryland, water tower during a snowstorm on Saturday
An abandoned vehicle is seen at the spot where it crashed onto a sign along Highway 50 during a snowstorm, Saturday in Queenstown, Maryland. A powerful nor’easter swept up the East Coast on Saturday, threatening to bury parts of 10 states
As the sun rose on Saturday, more than 78,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts, according to PowerOutage.US. Cape Cod was the hardest hit area, with nearly a third of customers suffering outages.
‘The power is out in Hyannis. We have howling winds, The trees are swaying and caked in snow, and the snow is falling heavy,’ tweeted Boston Globe journalist Carlos R. Munoz.
Amtrak cancelled all Acela train service between DC and New York/Boston, as well as all Northeast Regional and Vermonter service along the corridor.
Officials from Virginia to Maine warned people to stay off the roads amid potential whiteout conditions.
‘Travel is not recommended through [Saturday] evening,’ the NWS New York City office said. ‘If you must travel, use extreme caution and have a winter survival kit with you.’
New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned New Yorkers not to travel and canceled outdoor dining and vaccine appointments on Saturday ahead of the powerful Nor’easter.
Adams warned that ‘Mother Nature has a tendency to do what she wants’ and praised the city’s Department of Sanitation workers for their efforts to keep the roads passable, as well as residents for shoveling sidewalks.
He urged New Yorkers to stay home if possible and to take public transit if travel is absolutely necessary.
Boston is expected to see the worst of the storm, which could bring historical snow totals for Bean Town
Essentially all flights in Boston were cancelled on Saturday, as well as more than 90% out of New York City
Water reaches flood level, Saturday in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. A powerful nor’easter swept up the East Coast on Saturday, threatening to bury parts of 10 states under deep, furiously falling snow accompanied by coastal flooding
Water from Boston Harbor floods the roadway, Saturday in Boston, which is expected to experience the worst of the storm
Utility trucks are parked on standby at a hotel in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday with widespread power cuts expected
The snow has arrived to the New York City area as a potentially historic Nor’easter hits the Northeast and New England, grounding thousands of flights and creating extreme hazards for road travel
Plows work the streets of Brooklyn as a major Nor’ Easter dumps nearly a foot of snow on the New York region
Heavy snow brought New York to a standstill on Saturday morning as officials urged residents to stay home
A worker shovels snow in Queens as a major winter storm wallops New York and the Northeast region
A person walks in the snow during a Nor’easter storm in Manhattan, New York City early on Saturday morning
The governors of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency, while Boston Mayor Michelle Wu declared a snow emergency.
‘It is going to get quite ugly out there,’ she said in an early-morning television interview from City Hall. ‘This is going to be a historic storm.’
Officials from the New York State Thruway Authority’s city division said Saturday morning that crews had worked through the night treating the roadways, but cautioned residents to avoid all travel if possible.
In West Hartford, Connecticut, a tractor-trailer jacknifed on snow-slicked Interstate 84, closing several westbound lanes.
Rhode Island, all of which was under a blizzard warning, banned all nonemergency road travel starting at 8am.
‘This is serious. We’re ready for this storm, and we also need Rhode Islanders to be ready,’ Governor Dan McKee said. ‘The best way to handle this storm is to stay home tomorrow.’
Massachusetts residents had rushed Friday to buy groceries, as well as snow- and ice-melting pellets to help keep their sidewalks and driveways clear.
By early Saturday morning, Boston Public Works said 500 snow plows were already hard at work on the city streets.
The storm will produce extremely cold temperatures with dangerous wind chills Saturday night into Sunday morning, the NWS said.
Long Island gets slammed with snow early Saturday morning. With more than a foot in Commack already, cars are almost buried on side streets
A man carefully walks down the snow covered subway stairs during a snow storm in Bushwick section of Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday. People from New York City to Maine are awakening to deep snow and high winds
On Saturday morning, snow was falling at a rate of one to two inches per hour in New York City, which was forecast to see totals of eight to 12 inches
A woman leaps in the air as she walks down the center of 7th Avenue in Times Square during a snowstorm on Saturday, in New York City. A powerful nor’easter brought blinding blizzard conditions with high winds causing widespread power outages
A woman walks along 34th Street in front of a storefront during a snowstorm on Saturday in New York City
Snow falls outside a deli in Brooklyn on Saturday morning. Blizzard warnings are now in place for more than 10 million people
A plow clears a walkway in the snow during a Nor’easter storm in Manhattan, New York City on Saturday morning
Snow falls in Union Square on Saturday morning in Manhattan. Officials are warning against travel unless absolutely vital
People carry groceries as they walk in the snow past a large pile of garbage on Friday night in New York City
A person walks through a snow storm on Friday night in New York City. There is a 24-hour winter storm warning in effect beginning at 7 pm Friday
An aerial view of a person shoveling snow from a building’s entrance on Friday night in New York City. According to the National Weather Service New York City is expected to receive between 8-12 inches of snow and 40 to 45 mph wind gusts
Top 10 Boston snowstorms recorded in a 2-day period
Feb. 18, 2003: 27.6 inches
Feb. 7, 1978: 27.1 inches
April 1, 1997: 25.4 inches
Feb. 9, 2013: 24.9 inches
Jan. 27, 2015: 24.4 inches
Feb. 17, 2003: 23.6 inches
Jan. 23, 2005: 22.5 inches
Jan. 28, 2015: 22.3 inches
Feb. 9, 2015: 22.2 inches
Jan. 21, 1978: 21.4 inches
‘Get home safely tonight, remain home over the weekend, avoid any unnecessary travel,’ New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement, singling out Long Island, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley for particularly deep snow.
She also urged people who had to travel to fill their car gas tanks and keep supplies such as ice scrapers, blankets and water in their vehicles.
Across the region, residents hunkered down and avoided travel at the behest of government leaders, who warned of whiteout conditions. Business closed or opened late.
In suburban Boston, a bundled-up Nicky Brown, 34, stood at the doors of Gordon’s liquor store in Waltham, waiting for it to open.
It was supposed to open at 8am, and it was already well past that.
‘My boyfriend is out driving a plow, and I had a bunch of cleaning to do at home, and I want a drink while I´m doing it,’ she said, as she called the store to find out if it planned to open at all.
‘It´s a good day to stay inside and clean.’
In the seaside town of Newburyport, north of Boston near the New Hampshire border, officials strongly encouraged residents living along the shore to move to higher ground.
Video posted on social media showed wind and waves battering North Weymouth, south of Boston, flooding streets with a slurry of frigid water. Other video showed a street underwater on Nantucket.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power in Massachusetts, with failures mounting. No other states reported widespread outages.
A couple walk their dog on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday
A patron walks through a snow drift in a doorway while leaving a coffee shop in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday
Grocery store employee Chad Groskritz brings in shopping carts during a winter storm on Saturday in Mansfield, Connecticut
A person clears snow in Patchogue, New York on Saturday. A powerful nor’easter swept up the East Coast on Saturday
People walk through snow and wind during a storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday
The storm had two saving graces: Dry snow less capable of snapping trees and tearing down power lines, and its timing on a weekend, when schools were closed and few people were commuting.
The NWS Eastern Region reported Friday that the storm was expected to intensify rapidly over the next 24 hours, a meteorological event sometimes referred to as a ‘bomb cyclone.’
The blizzard comes on the heels of a similar winter storm that blanketed a swath of Eastern North America — from Georgia to Canada — just two weeks ago, cutting power to thousands of homes and also disrupting thousands of flights.
Meanwhile, in neighboring New Jersey, NJ Transit suspended all bus service at the start of the service day on Saturday, with plans to resume service once it is safe to do so, with transit officials saying they’re anticipating bringing back buses ‘later in the day’ on Saturday.
Boston’s Logan Airport has canceled most of its flights as the city braces for the worst snowstorm in its history to hit, as all the East Coast prepares for blizzard-like conditions, including up to two feet of snow and flooding in some areas.
Delaware allowed only essential personnel to drive in two of its three counties starting Friday night.
Massachusetts, where forecasters said some isolated pockets could get as much as 30 inches of snow, banned heavy trucks from interstate highways for most of Saturday.
Shoppers crammed stores Friday to stock up on food and buy generators and snowblowers ahead of the nor’easter, a type of storm so named because its winds typically blow from the northeast as it churns up the East Coast.
Many hardy New Englanders took the forecast cheerfully and even looked forward to the storm, given its weekend timing.
Dave McGillivray, race director for the Boston Marathon, jokingly invited the public to his suburban Boston home on Saturday for a free snow shoveling clinic.
‘I will provide the driveway and multiple walkways to ensure your training is conducted in the most life-like situation,’ he said.
The Massachusetts State House is blanketed with snow during a Nor’easter storm in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday
Dale McElwee clears his North Attleboro, Massachusetts property of snow on Saturday after the blizzard hit
People enter the Maverick T station, during a snowstorm Saturday in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. A powerful nor’easter is sweeping up the U.S. East Coast and threatening to bury parts of 10 states under deep snow
People leave a bus during a snowstorm in Maverick Square in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston on Saturday
Patrick Lawrence clears his driveway of snow at his home in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Saturday
Snow falls on the Hercules Statue in Stony Brook, New York before sunrise during a blizzard on Saturday
Cars drive along the snow-covered Central Park West avenue after a powerful Nor’easter storm hit New York City
A woman shovels her car out of the snow during a major snowstorm on Saturday in Stony Brook, New York
Virginia, where a blizzard this month stranded hundreds of motorists for hours on Interstate 95, did not hesitate to get resources at the ready. In Maryland, the governor mobilized the National Guard.
Washington and Baltimore were forecast to be spared the worst of the snowfall, with only 1 to 3 inches and 5 inches, respectively.
Snow could fall as fast as 5 inches per hour in spots, including Connecticut, where officials worried about having enough snowplow drivers amid shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.
The worst of the storm was expected to blow by Sunday morning into Canada, where several provinces were under warnings.
One saving grace, at least in parts of Massachusetts: The snow should fall light and flaky because it is coming with cold weather that dries it out, said Judah Cohen, a winter storm expert for the commercial firm Atmospheric Environmental Research.
That means lousy snowballs – and snow that’s less capable of snapping tree branches and tearing down power lines.
Manhattanites braved the falling snow late Friday evening as the winter storm warning goes into effect
FDNY members climb down from a truck as snow falls
Marc Rudkowski, 28, bought French bread and wine Friday at the Star Market in Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with balloons and toys for his dog, who turned 1 on Friday.
‘He´s going to love it,’ Rudkowski said. ‘He´s a snow dog.’
But there were some concerns about hoarding amid ongoing supply chain issues caused by the pandemic. New England supermarket giant Stop & Shop pleaded with customers to practice restraint.
‘We ask shoppers to buy what they need and save some for their neighbors,’ the chain said in a statement.
Parts of 10 states were under blizzard warnings: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Areas closest to the coast were expected to bear the brunt of the storm, which could bring wind gusts as high as 70 mph (113 kph) in New England.
Coastal New Jersey was forecast to get as much as 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow and eastern Long Island up to 17 inches.
Philadelphia, New York City, and parts of the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia could get 10 inches or more.
One Brooklyn man still needed to get his dog out for the evening with the snow falling down
The conditions as the flakes began to fall under the Brooklyn Bridge Friday evening
Snow from Winter Storm Kenan is seen in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge at night as a major snow storm bears down on New York City
Snow from Winter Storm Kenan is seen in Forest Hills, Queens
Heavy snow is predicted for much of New England, Long Island and the New Jersey shore and coastline
The worst of the storm is set to hit on Saturday with wintry weather persisting through the day
The Boston airport has cancelled 19 out and 117 flights in for Friday and 301 flights out and 285 into the airport on Saturday, according to the flight tracking website.
American Airlines, United and Southwest have cancelled all of their Boston flights for Saturday with JetBlue cancelling 96 percent, Spirit cancelling 87% and Delta cancelling 65%, according to FlightAware.
New York airports, including John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia, have cancelled more than 400 flights in and out for Friday and over 1,200 flights arriving and departing on Saturday.
All airports should be in the clear by early Sunday morning.
‘This storm is likely to strengthen at a rate, and to an intensity, equivalent to only the most powerful hurricanes, so the high-end potential of this storm cannot be overstated,’ CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
‘But with nor’easters, like in real estate, it will all come down to location, location, location.’
The forecasts show that Boston may record its worst snowstorm in history. The major city is expected to receive about 18-24 inches of snow and wind gusts of 70 miles per hour were forecast starting on Saturday.
Southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the island of Martha’s Vineyard, were expected to get the highest snow totals.
If Boston gets hit with more than the 23.6 inches of snow in 24 hours, it will replace the 2003 Blizzard as the snowiest day in the city’s history.
The 2003 President’s Day Storm blizzard was a historic and record-breaking snowstorm all along the East coast with some cities receiving 30 inches of snow.
The snowfall will move into the top 10 snowiest days on record, if Boston sees more than 14.8 inches of snow in 24 hours.
If the city sees more than 24.6 inches of snow this weekend’s storm will become the snowiest since the record was set from the blizzard that hit from January 26 to January 28, 2015.
But Boston would need to report more than 27.6 inches within two days break that record.
Along with snow and heavy winds, forecasts are all expecting to see flooding in areas along the ocean.
‘Coastal flooding is a concern thanks to astronomically high tides on Saturday,’ the weather service office in Boston said.
‘The combination of strong northeast winds and high seas will bring storm surges that, if coinciding with high tide, would lead to minor or moderate coastal flooding.’
The National Weather Service (NWS) on Friday issued a blizzard warning for the Boston metropolitan area, which has a population of nearly 4.9 million residents.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has issued a ‘snow emergency’ which will being Friday at 9pm. ‘Residents are encouraged to stay home,’ she tweeted.
The first winter storm watches were issued for parts of eastern Massachusetts on Wednesday at 3pm — some 57 hours before they were set to go into effect at 12am on Saturday.
The city’s Transportation and Sanitation department has more than 38,000 tons of road salt and the ability to put more than 800 pieces of snow equipment on the road, said Chief of Streets Jascha Franklin-Hodge confirmed.
An MBTA bus makes its rounds as the beginning of a major snow storm arrives, Saturday in Somerville, Massachusetts
Local meteorologists have said that the forecasts show that a blizzard is very likely to hit Boston on Saturday.
To become a blizzard a storm must have sustained wind or frequent gusts of 35mph or greater and considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to under a quarter mile for at least three consecutive hours.
This weekend’s storm would mark the first time Boston has been under a blizzard warning since March of 2018.
‘Boston is within the bull’s-eye of some of the worst conditions expected, and into Maine,’ meteorologist Mary Gilbert told the New York Post. ‘They’re going to have very strong winds as well, so travel is going to be very difficult.’
But Boston isn’t the only city awaiting a potential blizzard. Nearly 10 million people across 10 states in coastal counties from New England to Virginia have been issued blizzard warnings.
Accuweather forecasters recommend avoiding travel across New England during the storm on Saturday and Sunday night as the storm is likely to maintain its intensity for about eight to 12 hours.
Some parts of coastal Atlantic were also facing the possibility of flooding in low-lying areas and vulnerable roadways, the NWS said.
Boston will need to see more than 23.6 inches of snow within 24 hours to beat the record set by the snowstorm that hit the city in 2003 (Pictured: Workers at Expressway Motors Inc. in Dorchester had to clean and move automobiles at the auto dealership lot to clear them from snow left by the blizzard of February 2003)
The Blizzard of 2003, also known as the Presidents’ Day Storm II, blasted all of the East Coast with record-breaking snow and wintry weather (Pictured: Chris Shaughnessy, 12, in Hanover, Massachusetts in February 2003 with his new Christmas present: an Arctic Cat with a plow)
The storm system will push temperatures down. Highs will range from 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit below average across the eastern third of the US on Saturday.
New York City could record 1-inch of snow an hour and pack winds of up to 50mph throughout the city on Saturday.
The Big Apple’s storm situation remains uncertain. The city is forecasted to get between 8 and 12 inches of snow but has been given a 10 percent chance of more than 17 inches and a 10 percent of no snow.
The Snow Alert began at 4pm on Friday but outdoor dining will remain open until Saturday. Adams issued a Code Blue which aims to shelter the homeless when the temperature drops to 32 degrees or below, including wind-chill.
‘We are going to be prepared for it,’ Adams told reporters Friday afternoon. ‘We can expect up to one foot of snow but you know, Mother Nature has a tendency to do what she wants, and we’re just going to be prepared.’
The last notable Nor’easter to hit the Northeast came in October, and hammered the area with powerful winds and heavy rains that left more than 600,000 homes and businesses without power at one point, USA Today reported.