East Coast Snow Storm
October 30, 2011 by staff
East Coast Snow Storm, A snowstorm that hit the Middle Atlantic Monster Northeast states are expected to move outside the United States on Sunday afternoon, leaving residents to deal with its consequences.
More than 2 million customers were without power Sunday morning as a crowd of air travelers remain stranded.
“It’s like a snowstorm – you can not see much at all,” said Alban Ajro of Watertown, Connecticut, on Saturday night. “This is the first time I can remember this type of storm occurs before Halloween.”
The attack early means a lot of wet snow fell on trees still full of leaves – which increases the risk of falling branches and downed power lines.
At least three deaths are linked to the unusual October snowstorm.
A man of 84 years old, was taking a nap in his recliner in Temple, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, when part of a large tree full of snow fell at his home and killed him, according to a state police report. With numerous downed trees in the area, it took rescuers two hours to safely remove the victim, police said.
A motorist died in Hebron, Connecticut, the state of emergency, said spokesman Scott Device.
A third person died in Springfield, Massachusetts, when a man about 20 years ignored the police barricades around downed power lines and struck a metal railing, which was accused, said Fire Department spokesman Dennis Legere City.
Snow buried parts of New Jersey and New York on Saturday, including 15.5 inches in West Milford, New Jersey, and 12 inches in Harriman, New York. The cities of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, saw more than 9 inches of snow in less than a day.
Tracy Lauren from Brooklyn, New York, described the scene around him as “white blindness”.
“The snow was covering everything, however, it was a very wet snow -. mud puddles everywhere,” he said.
But the storm did little to deter the protesters occupy Wall Street, who camped in tents covered with a layer of snow at Zuccotti Park in New York.
A day earlier, dozens of firefighters removed the propane tanks and generators of the group six years, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, citing fire hazards. That left the protesters to fight the cold weather is filtered through their tents, blankets and sleeping bags.
The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts issued emergency declarations for their states.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, said late Saturday that between 50,000 and 70,000 customers were losing power every hour. Malloy said the teams were not even power on the roads and not return until road conditions improve markedly.
“If you are without power, you should expect to be without power for an extended period of time,” he said.
On Sunday morning, the largest utility in the state – Connecticut Light and Power – reported more than 710,000 customers without electricity.
Elsewhere, about 715,000 customers were without power Saturday in New Jersey, with 333,000 in New York, according to figures reported on Saturday night by electricity companies in the states. An additional 360,000 were in the dark, in Pennsylvania and 1,400 in West Virginia.
The number of households without electricity is also included at least 7,000 in Maryland and Virginia in 6300.
Meanwhile, air travelers who were frustrated delays and cancellations to try to get back on track on Sunday.
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Connecticut, the weary passengers helped create cribs distributed to hundreds trapped there early Sunday.
The chain includes passenger plane bound for New York was diverted to Bradley on Saturday. Passengers on the plane sat on a runway for more than four hours.
On Saturday, all domestic flights from Newark airport in New Jersey were canceled international evening.
Teterboro Airport in New Jersey closed at 2 pm before reopening hours later, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA also reported significant delays of up to 5 hours or more to John Kennedy of New York, F. and La Guardia airports.
But the worst must be more to residents throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states, as forecasters predict the precipitation end of the night on Sunday.
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