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Unexpected Storms Cause Power Outages In Northeast

Staff Reporters |
October 30, 2011 | 9:24 a.m. PDT

Unexpected heavy storms have hit the Northeast causing power outages and creating a state of emergency in several states.  

Millions of residents in states from Maryland and Maine are left without power in the frigid cold. According to the officials it may be days before power is restored in many areas the Associated Press reports. The snowstorm is expected to travel slowly northward as it makes its way away from the U.S. to Nova Scotia. 

Concerns are growing as snow-laden trees fall onto streets and homes. Already at least three deaths have been connected to the snowstorm. 

From the Wall Street Journal

Governors declared states of emergency in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York, and at least three deaths were blamed on the weather, including an 84-year-old Pennsylvania man killed when a tree fell on his home while he was napping in his recliner.

Transportation has also been affected in many states including New York where officials are advising against travel on the I-87 and I-90 between New York and Albany. Speed limits were reduced on bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania and many residents are advised to avoid travels altogether if unnecessary reports the Associated Press. 

From the National Weather Service

The heaviest snowfall amounts from this storm so far have been reported in western Massachusetts, with 27.8 inches in Plainfield, 26 inches in Windsor and 24 inches in Savoy. West Milford, N.J. — about 45 minutes northwest of New York City — saw 19 inches. New York’s Central Park recorded 2.9 inches of snowfall during the storm. This is the first time since records began in 1869 that an inch or more of snowfall has been recorded during the month of October.

This is the first time in history since the 1869--when weather was first recorded--more than an inch of snow has falling during the month of October according to the National Weather Service. 


From the Seattle pi

Number of power loses as of early Sunday (Oct. 30, 2011)

Massachusetts - 650,000

New Hampshire -  200,000

Connecticut - 750,000

New Jersey - 617,000

Pennsylvania - 423,000

(Western) Maryland - 29,000

New York - 70,000


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