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New England braces for coastal flooding from storm

Ocean waves crash over a seawall and into houses Thursday in Scituate, Mass. A winter storm that brought wind-whipped, wet snow is now causing officials to worry about coastal flooding. Thursday morning’s high tide sent up to 2 1/2 feet of water washing into some areas.

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Ocean waves crash over a seawall and into houses Thursday in Scituate, Mass. A winter storm that brought wind-whipped, wet snow is now causing officials to worry about coastal flooding. Thursday morning’s high tide sent up to 2 1/2 feet of water washing into some areas.

BOSTON — A late-winter storm that buried parts of the Midwest and Middle Atlantic region swept into New England on Thursday, bringing snow, rain, strong winds, big waves and fears of coastal flooding.

Powerful waves and high winds were expected to cause more trouble than snow from Rhode Island to Maine.

In the seacoast town of Scituate, Mass., about 30 miles south of Boston, about a dozen streets were closed after Thursday morning's high tide sent up to 2 1/2 feet of water washing into some areas. Emergency management officials were worried about getting through two more high tides before the storm was expected to end today.

In Salisbury, Mass., on the New Hampshire border, officials ordered evacuations for homes along several beachfront streets.

The region was bracing for the brunt of the storm Thursday evening and this morning.

The National Weather Service was predicting up to 7 inches of heavy, wet snow in southeastern Connecticut and wind gusts up to 50 mph. Central Massachusetts was bracing for 8 to 12 inches of snow, with predictions for Boston and nearby areas of 6 to 10 inches.

On Cape Cod, where the storm was expected to be mostly rain, officials were concerned about beach erosion. The area suffered extensive erosion from Hurricane Sandy in October and a major snowstorm last month.

"We've really gotten more erosion in the last six months than we've experienced in the last decade," said Sandwich Town Manager George Dunham. "These three storms are really taking a toll."

Dozens of car crashes were reported across Connecticut. A FedEx tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 84 in Tolland, causing a chain-reaction crash involving about nine other vehicles. No serious injuries were reported.

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